Museum nan Eilean

Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway: Hours, Address, Museum nan Eilean Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum nan Eilean
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Enjoy a beautiful new museum set in the stunning Castle Grounds in Stornoway. Discover the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides, shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people, and view our islands as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation. Hear from islanders in a series of videos and audio interviews about the Gaelic language, work, religion, emigration and community. Youngsters can dress up to perform various island jobs, learn some Gaelic, and enjoy imaginative activities.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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mark s
7 contributions
hebrides shut to tourists
Jun. 2021 • Couples
staycation Scottish Government said, so I came. to see. Lewis chess men, but despite islands being being in level zero museums are SHUT.

However the museum coffee shop Open.
oh And Museum gift shop open.figure that out!

tourists are not welcome anywhere, just their cash.
and it appears locals scamming furlough from the Uk Chancellor is easier than working for islanders.

mainland Scotland tourist attractions and museums are all open.

Written June 15, 2021
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Melita M
Dorset, UK9 contributions
Excellent small museum
Jun. 2019
I really enjoyed this museum: The room with sound and pictures really gets you immersed in the island's scenery. I sat through it 3 times. The part about the tragedy of the Iolaire was very moving and the general history of the island was portrayed very well. But of course the WOW factor was the excellent presentation of the Lewis chessmen with a really first class commentary, almost a poem, which I'm delighted to be able to be able to hear again on Utube. I enjoyed walking through Lews Castle too - Grand rooms.
Written February 21, 2020
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Sujata410
Columbia, MD843 contributions
Small but very informative
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This is small museum by most standards, yet it is so full of fun exhibits and helpful staff that I would recommend it as worth visiting. The museum has the Lewis Chessmen plus other interesting artifacts related to the Hebrides. Nice little gift shop and cafe on the premises as well.
Written February 2, 2020
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PMLaycock
Doncaster, United Kingdom263 contributions
Local History
Jul. 2019
A great place to discover the cultural history of the Island. All displays are in Gaelic and English and there is an opportunity to learn some Gaelic words.

Fascinating to see how the lives of the islands have changed and how some traditions have been maintained.
Written November 16, 2019
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Hannah L
Edinburgh108 contributions
Don't miss Lewis Chessmen
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Brilliant, well laid out displays providing a clear and understandable picture of island life.
The Lewis Chessmen and their story is absolutely brilliant and a must see while you're on the islands!
Written November 10, 2019
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MamaFoo3
7 contributions
Very informative
Oct. 2019 • Solo
Very informative and interesting history of the area. Interactive and lots of staff available to answer any questions
Written October 23, 2019
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joedf64
Arlington, WA17 contributions
Superb Museum
Oct. 2019 • Friends
Very well set-up museum and lots of interesting displays to peruse. Loved the movie highlighting the beauty of the islands.
Written October 22, 2019
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Jon W
2 contributions
Outer Hebrides Trip
Oct. 2019
Went primarily to see the Chessmen, however it's a lovely Museum with lots of interesting exhibits, there's something for everyone
Written October 22, 2019
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John R M
Vancleave, MS38 contributions
One of the best organized museums
Sep. 2019
The Museum nan Eilean is worth a visit. It is a beauitful building and the displays are well organized and educational. The staff are great and willing to assist with answers to questions. I most enjoyed the short sayings on the wall by the displays. I especially liked "The Man who farthest away did roam, heard the sweetest music on returning home..."
Written October 2, 2019
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Kelcardon
Melbourne, Australia202 contributions
Fascinating place
Sep. 2019
The museum is interactive and very interesting. Staff are friendly and helpful. Only bad note was the coffee - but it is a chain and my expectations weren’t high
Written September 24, 2019
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Museum nan Eilean is open:
  • Mon - Wed 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Fri - Sat 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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