If you are interested in the history of the Island, who has lived there and what there lives were like, visit the 'Story of Mann' museums.  There are several of these attractions and you can find details about the on the Isle of Man Heritage Site webpage - If you are a National Trust member entrance to them is free.

The Manx Museum, Douglas - shows the geology of the museum, archeological finds made on the Island, the social history of the people, the rise in tourism and the natural history of the Island.  Be prepared to sit through a 20 minute film first to introduce you to the Island.  Allow about 2 hours for your visit. Entrance is free.

The Laxey Wheel, Laxey - this huge water wheel used to pump the water out of the mines so that mining could continue.  It is an impressive structure and you can climb up a spiral staircase to the viewing platform to see the wheel from above - as long as you've got a head for heights!  Can also go a short way in to the entrance of the mines.  The mines trail shows the various parts that makes it all work - some of them in ruins.  Allow 1-2hours for your visit.

The House of Mannanan, Peel - a modern museum depicting the landing of the Vikings on the Island and the interaction between the Vuiking and Celtic cultures.  Also takes you through the marine culture, the kippers and the Steam Packet Company history.  Starts with several short films but then can browse at leisure with several interactive displays (i.e. touch screen information). Allow about 2 hours for your visit.

Peel Castle, Peel - a ruined castle and cathedral that have an important part in the Island's history.

Rushen Castle, Castletown - an almost complete castle which was used as a prison after being lived in by the King of Mann. Very interesting displays and well set out rooms.  Starts off with a film outlining the history.  Allow about 2 hours for your visit.

Nautical Museum, Castletown - Do not miss this attraction, although you might think it would be a boring place full of boats and fishing nets etc.  It has got these but there is also a fascinating history of the premises and the people that lived there.  Allow a good 2 hours to be entertained here.

The Grove, Ramsey - If you walk from Ramsey town centre it takes about 20 minutes and is up hill (just a little note of warning).  It is a Victorian house that has been little changed since the last owner left it to the Manx Heritage on her death. Wallpaper, furnishings, costumes and toys all date from that era.  Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.