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.
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.