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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

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Address: 490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1983 632039
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a...

The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a registered charity . The charity uses any excess income from that museum to support ex service personal . It is firmly under the control of a board of trustees with a professional management team in place . This will secure the museum as a living memorial to the sacrifices that ordinary people are , all to often , called upon to make when diplomacy fails and armed conflict breaks out . It brings together items of historical interest and is largely staffed by volunteers who are typically ex service people who regularly give guided tours and talks . It has a cafe and the fully licensed Mess Bar in a former barracks building . The museum is not just a store of artifacts, it aims to be a hub for ex-service personnel to meet , share their knowledge and experience and access services tailored to their needs. The museum also provides volunteer posts for others in need . Any surplus income and donations from the museum go towards furthering these aims.

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Great breakfast in the cafe

We decided to pop in after seeing the sign on the road, its a hidden gem in the way of hidden cafes, Its a traditional cafe serving breakfast, panini and english food. You can... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sandown, England, United Kingdom
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Sandown, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to pop in after seeing the sign on the road, its a hidden gem in the way of hidden cafes, Its a traditional cafe serving breakfast, panini and english food. You can tell the food is not deep fried and it has some taste. Its reasonably priced and the staff are helpful.

Thank Addztaylor-123
Sandown Isle of Wight
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth having a guide to explain and open up tanks for our grandsons to explore and operate the scopes. Very interesting letters home from people serving overseas and a shop displaying products and packaging from the war years. Something for everyone.

Thank Helen S
Hook, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff could not have been more helpful as soon as they recognised a fellow enthusiast. I had a great ride in one of the vehicles. They are all very well informed on a range of aspects and really enjoy sharing their passion. 'Ginge' was especially helpful with a variety of excellent anecdotes. We will be returning next time we... More 

1 Thank Peter B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just visited the Museum & can safely say there is something for everyone! Of course there are guns of all types, small to very large & vehicles of types. But there is also a section showing items from home which was very interesting from a social history point of view. There are even war time adverts in the loo! I... More 

1 Thank Heather L
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as a group of 8 with children aged 8 and 5. This is clearly a developing museum which really makes me want to go back to see what new features get added. Highlight was john who took every effort to bring the exhibits alive for the children. We left with two totally fascinated children who had hands on experience... More 

2 Thank Iain B
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We went to the museum knowing it was not an all day outing. However the museum is big enough to spend 2 hours there, staff were friendly and there is a lot to see and learn about. The cafe serves snacks and a cuppa was a very reasonable price.

2 Thank annieseaford
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is a very small museum, 2 hangars but filled with lots to look at. Military and war history buffs will enjoy but it is the staff that make it a fab experience. We took a 6 and 9year old who thoroughly enjoyed 2 hours. Staff engaged with them, they got to try on various helmets, sit in a small... More 

1 Thank Sarah C
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Easy to kill an hour or so here, especially on a wet afternoon. they offer discounts for serving military personnel veterans and oap's. A small but pleasant café. If you fancy a tank ride or a few rounds on the rifle range it's best to phone ahead to make sure of availability.

1 Thank Bob F
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Small museum that relies on visitors to survive - it isn't big and we spent just over an hour there but found it to be pleasant and the staff knowledgeable. They had some fantastic exhibits and vehicles there.... I was blown away by the small pieces of barbed wire they had from Omaha Beach on D-Day... The tea room looked... More 

1 Thank poppy2506
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Went with a 12 year old during half term holiday. A great display of war time vehicles, guns and uniforms also the chance to ride on a tank ( extra charge) All staff are very helpful and knowledgable . Fun was had on the firing range, using air rifles. Was told by the 12 year old ,the only reason he... More 

1 Thank BiniA_12

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