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Address: Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1851 709266
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle,...

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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Home of (some of) the Lewis Chessmen

Modernised museum with a wide range of exhibits. We especially liked seeing some of the chessmen, all of whom used to be in London or Edinburgh. Easy parking, lovely setting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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Barrow-upon-Humber
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Barrow-upon-Humber
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Modernised museum with a wide range of exhibits. We especially liked seeing some of the chessmen, all of whom used to be in London or Edinburgh. Easy parking, lovely setting.

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Stornoway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This new museum is an excellent facility with interesting family-friendly exhibits. There are staff on hand to offer information if needed.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Excellent display of artifacts and artwork depicting the history of the Isle of Lewis. Lovely modern museum, and nice castle gardens/grounds.

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Elgin Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Absolutely fascinating with an enthusiastic curator. The gentleman who showed us round was a Hebridean who spoke Gaelic which added enormously to his knowledge and our experience. Nothing beats having a man or woman who really know the subject!

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Thank 321malcolm
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hi 321malcolm, and thanks for your visit and for taking the time to review the experience. We're all delighted that you had such a fascinating time at the Museum and that you found our staff so helpful. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The museum is a small affair but very carefully put together within Lews castle building. It has two large display areas and a fantastic 360 degree surround viewing room where you can sit through a ten minute run through of the Western Isles landscape through the seasons of a year. Very, very good. The display areas focus on people and... More 

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Thank Maloures
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Maloures. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit so much and took the time to get into the detail of the interpretation as well as enjoying the video displays. It just goes to show that even a smaller museum can be a worthwhile visit - and it's always nice to be described as "cute"! More 

Fochabers, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Visited the museum which is very interesting about life in the western isles with lots of history boards and exhibits to read and see. There is also a 10 minute 270 degree film showing the islands through the seasons. I went to the Storehouse Café for lunch were I ordered the soup of the day which was lentil & carrot... More 

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Thank wahaejock
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hi wahaejock, and thanks for leaving a review of your visit to Museum nan Eilean. I'll make sure to pass on your appreciation for the food to the Natural Retreats staff. More 

La Spezia, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

A few small rooms with a haphazard collection of bits and vignettes from all stages of Lewis history. Two year old pieces placed next to 2000 year old pieces try, and sometimes succeed to draw parallels across the various eras of Lewis history. It's free, so certainly worth a visit.

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Thank cvdwl
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hello cvdwl. Thanks for taking the time to leave your review of the museum here on Tripadvisor. It's good to hear that you appreciated the insights available about life in the Outer Hebrides through our displays examining the land, sea, work and community life. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Well laid out exhibits with good information boards in both Gaelic and English. Excellent wee cafe attached but was really impressed at the breadth of information in the Musem.

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Thank Al R
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hi Al R. Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the new Museum nan Eilean. It's great that you enjoyed your visit and we hope that you will come back soon for another look around and a bite to eat in the Castle. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We'd not really expected to find this museum as we went up the hill from Stornoway to see the castle. But this museum, as modern addition (with a cafe of a well-known brand, with coffee that tastes the same anywhere on the planet), is a terrific find. The exhibition is not large, but wonderfully presented, to provide an insight into... More 

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Thank DuffnZann
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hello DuffnZann, and thank you for your visit and for leaving a review here. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum and the new exhibitions. We hope lots of visitors will use the museum as their first stop before going off to explore the enormous number of historic sites across the Outer Hebrides. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Well worth a visit, all the exhibits are great. The full-room projection of the different landscapes and views was good, but the main exhibit area has plenty of things to look at and read. They also have some of the Lewis chessmen (not sure if this is permanent).

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Thank Neil M
museumnaneilean2016, Manager at Museum nan Eilean, responded to this review

Hi Neil, Thanks for visiting and leaving your review - really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. The six chess pieces here in Stornoway are shown as part of a loan of objects from the British Museum. The loan is for a period of several years and as the museum was designed and built to take... More 

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