Museum Nan Eilean Stornoway

Museum Nan Eilean Stornoway

Museum Nan Eilean Stornoway
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Enjoy a beautiful museum set in the stunning Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway. Discover the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides, shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people, and view our islands as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation. Hear from islanders in a series of videos and audio interviews about the Gaelic language, work, religion, emigration and community. Youngsters can dress up to perform various island jobs, learn some Gaelic, and enjoy imaginative activities. Please refer to the Museum's website for details of opening hours.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Charlotte Ann S
8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Absolutely excellent wee museum. So interesting, and there are a few of the Lewis chessmen too. When we visited, there was an exhibition called Gathering Light. This had some incredible items, found by metal detectorists.
There is a nice wee cafe there too
Written 8 September 2023
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laura w
Stevenage, UK20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant modern museum. 4 different display rooms, with lots of interesting interactive displays. Highlight is the Lewis Chessmen, but my personal favourite was an immersive video which showed amazing scenes from around the Hebrides. Lovely little craft shop next to the tearoom. An absolute must if you are in Stornoway!
Written 28 August 2023
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allotmentAl
Derbyshire23 contributions
May 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed a visit to this museum. The immersive 10 minute video of the sights and sounds of Lewis and Harris was absolutely wonderful and some well displayed artefacts and insights into life on the island were really interesting. The chessmen were so much more intricate than I expected, a delight to see.

The staff were so welcoming and engaging, very happy to answer questions and talk about life on Lewis.
Written 13 May 2023
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mcr14
Bracknell, UK465 contributions
Oct 2022
Check opening times ahead of your visit to be sure not to miss this place, hours are limited. You don't want to miss this fantastic little museum, located in a modern extension to the side of Lews Castle. Free entry (but there's a donation box as you leave). First room you come to is a large room with some low seats and projection screens on three sides showing a ten minute loop of scenes from the Western Isles through the seasons. Really beautiful video. Next you come to a display room that sets the scene for the remainder of the exhibits - there are displays and a few objects, but the main feature of the room are the videos playing on small screens within the displays, short clips of islanders (born and bred and incomers) talking about the islands and life there. Much of the dialog is in Gaelic but there are subtitles. The main and largest room has a number of themed displays about island life, nicely laid out and with clear dual-language signs explaining what you're looking at. As a fairly new learner full understanding of the Gaelic text was beyond my level, but I could follow enough to realise that there was more said in the Gaelic signage than the English, and the English didn't always say the same things - something confirmed talking to one of the guides later. The last display before the exit is a glass case containing a few of the "Lewis Chess Men", early chess pieces carved from walrus tusk many centuries ago. They are beautiful and mysterious - nobody really knows who created them or how they came to be found on a beach in Lewis (the rest of the pieces found are in museums in Edinburgh and London). Once you're finished in the museum rooms there is a lovely cafe (excellent coffee) and a small gift shop.
Written 8 November 2022
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sarah
Marlborough, UK22 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
A lovely exhibition of what life was and is like on the island was great to see the chess men they had some really interesting exhibits. Although what was in the art room I’ve seen better drawings from a five year old.
Written 9 October 2022
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carolyn
Banbury, UK89 contributions
Aug 2022
LOvely well presented museum, lots of interactive new technology makes for informative experience, friendly staff, no fee donations only
Written 23 August 2022
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,369 contributions
Aug 2022
We enjoyed reading the short stories about, and the quotes from, locals from back in the day. Would have enjoyed similar detail for the artifacts; they just had names. As mentioned in previous posts several months back, some of the interactive displays are not working. Enjoyed strolling the castle grounds.
Written 20 August 2022
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SusanOly12
Olympia, WA88 contributions
Aug 2022
take some time to visit this museum. When we were there they had some of the chessmen on display. Very nice museum and very helpful staff.
Written 14 August 2022
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Robert W
Corvallis, OR306 contributions
Jul 2022
The museum is an excellent facility that provides a clear history of the local area and its people. Plan to "take your time" while looking at the exhibits. They are well done and there is a large amount of information. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.
Written 13 August 2022
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Campbell B
20 contributions
Jul 2022
Attached to the side of Lews Castle the museum of the islands is well worth a visit to gain an insight into the history and the culture of the islands of the outer Hebrides. Excellent exhibits including some of the Lewis Chessmen on "loan" from the British museum. I feel they should be repatriated.
Very good cafe.
Written 23 July 2022
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