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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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I love this little museum its tea shop and statue of Jimmy Hendrix. The early photographic work of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bembridge, United Kingdom
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Very interesting exhibition of works by Julia Margaret Cameron who, in effect, invented portrait... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
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Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this little museum its tea shop and statue of Jimmy Hendrix. The early photographic work of Julia Margret Cameron is so insightful. Called Dimbola because that was the name of the family's tea plantation in Ceylon, this eclectic museum is worth hunting down...More

Thank Peter_wiwi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting exhibition of works by Julia Margaret Cameron who, in effect, invented portrait photography. Also, exhibit about iconic Isle of Wight music festival. Plus great tea rooms. What not to like?

Thank Petergeebee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this house/museum with its fascinating and personally displayed history of Margaret Cameron and her family and literary/artistic friends. It has an amazing atmosphere with breathtaking views. The cafe serves high quality home baked food and tea served in china cups - the quiche,...More

Thank Lucy1862
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography before digital came along. Cafe was good too.

Thank gwyneth_smith1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good historical background and interlinked galleries with a nice level of information. The dressing up room was great and the festival section slightly odd in the Victorian setting - but interesting all the same. Nice cream tea in the attached cafe but the book shop...More

1  Thank screennameinhere
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Have been here a couple of times in recent years, and I enjoy both the permanent and the temporary photography exhibitions. The permanent exhibition on the 1970 Isle of Wight festival is really interesting, and at present there is a visiting exhibition of some fantastic...More

Thank DianeKn
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Popped in for a cup of tea at the Cafe and decided to have a look round the museum. We were glad we did as we found it interesting and educational. Would particularly suggest worth a visit for young people who only have knowledge of...More

Thank Alan J
Reviewed 3 July 2017

I was very keen to see the house and the various artifacts relating to Julia Margaret Cameron - but slightly disappointed to find rather more of the house was given over to being a gallery with unrelated photographic exhibits - although I can see this...More

1  Thank KarenKew
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We called in here just as it was opening on a Saturday morning, so had the place to ourselves. The house itself was a nice old building and there was a lot of information about its history and that of the founder of the Photography...More

Thank pauline a
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We started our visit in the tea room! A good choice of snacks and cakes in a lovely sunny room that used to be the salon of Julia Margaret Cameron. All around the room are dressers and shelves filled with old cameras. It was a...More

Thank Dawn C
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Response from RoddymacInnes | Reviewed this property |
If you fall into the magic of Dimbola Lodge and Julia Margaret Cameron's work and life, give yourself a few hours at the Lodge. I also spent a few hours walking around Freshwater Bay, and on the beautiful beach. I then took... More
26 July 2015|
Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)