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Museum nan Eilean

Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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Definitely worth a visit!

This small museum gives a comprehensive insight into life on the Outer Hebrides, using local... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Well worth the visit

For a museum that only asks for a donation at the door - this is a sight well worth the visit. If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Finlay M
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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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Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This small museum gives a comprehensive insight into life on the Outer Hebrides, using local narratives and interactive displays to guide visitors' understanding. Being able to marvel over the 6 Lewis Chessmen on display was wonderful, all the better that it was quiet when we...More

Thank La_tiburona
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a museum that only asks for a donation at the door - this is a sight well worth the visit. If you're interested in finding out the life, history and culture of the outer Hebrides then this museum will be well worth your time,...More

Thank Finlay M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is quite a bit in a few rooms but it is so well curated that it is easy to read all the boards and learn a great deal about the people and history of the islands. Make sure you see the movie projected on...More

Thank Les_Landau
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch there twice, the food was lovely and the surroundings are lovely too. The prawn quiche was absolutely superb, clearly freshly made.

Thank Stuart W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had 3 hours to 'kill' whilst waiting for the ferry, and there isn't much to do in Stornoway, so we decided to try the Museum. It was so informative and the exhibits are well displayed. There are interactive displays and a tv wall with...More

Thank MuncherJ
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Really nicely laid out exhibitions. Staff all exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Highly recommended in a town that has little to offer!

Thank Hugh H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

The highlight of the museum must be the few Lewis chessman on display. Iconic reminders of the discovory in Uig. The museum uses digital displays and the room with the sights and sounds of the local sea and land is lovely. However, some of the...More

Thank Bellou2
Reviewed 13 June 2017

It was a good visit to this growing "Museum nan Eilean" right next to a cafe within Lews Castle itself. The current sized museum would take a little over an hour to appreciate, with everything on display being show cased to the standard that can...More

Thank Paul I
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

I think this museum is superb. It is an excellent place to start a visit to the Isle of Lewis. The building and restoration of Lews Castle is impressive. The cafe and gift shop is also excellent.. but why is the sign posting so poor?...More

Thank JohannaCEF
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Be sure that you are in the museum and not the castle then just enjoy a small number of interesting displays. The projected scenery room is tranquil, the geology room is fascinating and the main 'cultural room' is varied and interesting. Well done for a...More

Thank timjed
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28 August 2015|
Response from museumnaneilean2016 | Property representative |
The museum is now located in a new building next to Lews Castle and adjacent to Lews Castle College. The museum is open 1 April - 30 September 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 October to 31 March 1pm to 5pm Tuesday... More