Manx Museum

  • Restaurant / Tearoom
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments
  • Wheelchair Access

The Manx Museum is bursting with artefacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man.  The Island’s 10,000 year history is presented through film, galleries and interactive displays. The perfect starting point on your journey of discovery around our Island and its Viking and Celtic past.

Manx Museum

Opening Times

Open All Year Round*
Open Daily  10 – 5

Library open Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 5

*Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Tynwald Day and New Years Day.

National Library & Archives closed Monday, Tuesday, Bank Holidays, between Christmas and New Year and during the last week in January.


Free – donations welcome

Things to do and see

Don’t miss

  • Introductory film to the Island’s 10,000 year history
  • National Art Gallery
  • Interactive children’s gallery. The theme is currently ‘Theatreland’
  • Viking hoards of silver and gold in the Viking Gallery
  • The story of Tynwald, the oldest continuous Parliament in the world
  • Manx landscape, wildlife and habitats in the Natural History Gallery
  • Mann At War gallery, exploring the experiences of Manx men, women and children in conflict from 1750 to the present day.
    The gallery includes material relating to the Manx Fencibles, raised in the 1790s to defend the Island against possible invasion, a rare notebook carried by a sailor in Nelson’s fleet, and artefacts relating to the Isle of Man’s role in the internment of enemy civilians during the two world wars. Perhaps the most poignant artefact on show is the simple wooden cross which marked a Manx soldier’s battlefield grave, exactly 100 years ago.
    In addition to stories, manuscripts and objects including weapons and costumes, ‘Mann at War’ features three paintings conserved with generous support from Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, including the magnificent ‘Surrender of the German Fleet’, painted in 1919. Rare Napoleonic era uniforms are displayed including the uniforms of Manx heroes John Quilliam and Caesar Bacon, which have recently been studied by military and textile specialists, giving fresh insights into both Quilliam and Bacon’s military careers.
  • The world-famous TT races, legendary riders and their motorbikes
  • The Holiday Isle in its heyday as a tourist destination from Victorian times
  • Gifts and souvenirs in our Gallery Shop
  • Refreshments in the Bay Room Cafe
  • Visit our latest temporary exhibition
  • Visit the National Library & Archive and uncover stories on iMuseum.


Essential Info


The museum is accessible by taking the lift to level 8 of Chester Street Car Park and walking across the adjacent footbridge. Access is also available via Crellin’s Hill, although this is a steep Walk and via the Garden Entrance at the bottom of Crellin’s Hill.  Disabled parking spaces are also available immediately outside the museum entrance, with level access into the museum.

Please note: the Manx Museum Entrance area will be undergoing works between December 2018 and April 2019.  Signage will be in place during this time, directing visitors to a temporary accessible entrance area.  Revised disabled parking arrangements will be in place at times during works.

Changing Place Facility:

The Museum features the Isle of Man’s first publically accessible Changing Place toilet, offering safe and clean toilet facilities for people with multiple and complex disabilities.

The facility includes:

  • a sizeable changing room for disabled people and carers
  • height adjustable changing bench
  • overhead power tracked hoist (please note all users are required to bring their own sling)
  • adjustable washbasin
  • centrally placed toilet with room either side for carers
  • separate quiet space available

Designed with the input of the Changing Places Consortium, disabled people and their carers, the facility is available to help people with complex needs stay out longer in the Isle of Man’s capital, visit the Manx Museum and enjoy the surrounding area.

Kindly funded by the Manx Lottery Trust and Manx Museum and National Trust (Isle of Man registered charity no. 603).

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