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Museum nan Eilean

Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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A gem in Stornoway

The very informative lady in the Tourist office, suggested a visit to this delightful museum... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James M
Thurso, United Kingdom
via mobile

Marvellous castle museum and restaurant in Lews Castle. Went there to see the Lewis Chessmen. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle, the new Museum nan Eilean opened on 14 July 2016. Admission is free of charge. This is the first Gaelic led Museum in Europe, with interpretation also provided in English. Exciting new galleries look at the stories of the Islands and the Islanders. Visitors can: •Discover the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides, shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people. •Hear about people’s lives; the diversity of experience, opinion and perception of living life on the Islands. •Find out how people have lived and worked from the earliest times until the present day and how culture has been and continues to be expressed through the Gaelic language, work, religion, and community life. •View the Outer Hebrides as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation which takes the visitor on a journey across the islands to experience our natural environment at all times of year, day and night. Significant loans from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, including the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, alongside unique items from the local collection set the modern culture of the Islands in the historic context.
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Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The very informative lady in the Tourist office, suggested a visit to this delightful museum, tucked away on the ground floor of Lews castle. I say " tucked away", because we had to ask at the castle, where the museum was situated, as it was...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Marvellous castle museum and restaurant in Lews Castle. Went there to see the Lewis Chessmen. The part of the museum which houses them was closed off for maintenance work, so had to visit the cafe instead! Excellent fuel stop! Service a bit haphazard, but the...More

Thank AyrshireHolidayman
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stayed at Lews Castle and visited this adjoining museum. A lovely new building showing a variety of pieces with local connections. The highlight of which was the Lewis Chessmen. Which were great....... pity they only have 6 of them there (the others are mainly...More

Thank Kirsten O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an excellent small museum attached to Lews Castle in Stornoway. The exhibits are very good and varied covering over a thousand years of Island history and culture which is a great introduction to life past and present on the Outer Hebrides. Well worth...More

Thank Gordon R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very special and interesting museum. Lots of thought has gone into the museum to make it interesting for both adults and children. Wonderful room where you can sit and see the variety of places and landscapes on the island - almost virtual reality without...More

Thank Mccoote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we came here on a Sunday. and unfortunately like the rest of Lewis it was closed. we did however have a wonder around the grounds and was able to enter the castle as far as the cafe inside. Its a beautiful old building with some...More

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a look round. The modern building is beautifully designed and fits well with the old castle and the museum is very well laid out and clearly presented. I particularly loved the 'surround' film of the Hebrides. Do

Thank rebrgbbus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved our visit to this fabulous museum today. The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish. The displays are excellent. We loved the ten minute photography experience at the start. Gave a real appreciation of the seasonal changes and environment. The islander experiences...More

Thank GillianES31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last year, we attempted to visit this Museum and were thwarted only by its lack of a Building Control Certificate, awaited from the local authorities. This year, we made sure that we visited and we were very happy that we did. The video room runs...More

Thank George L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent a good couple of hours wandering around the museum getting to know the history of the place. Very disappointing that the castle was closed to the public because of a wedding.

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28 August 2015|
Response from museumnaneilean2016 | Property representative |
The museum is now located in a new building next to Lews Castle and adjacent to Lews Castle College. The museum is open 1 April - 30 September 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 October to 31 March 1pm to 5pm Tuesday... More