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“The Merchants House was very interesting. The rest was a little dry but worthwhile on a wet afternoon.”
Review of Jersey Museum

Jersey Museum
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Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in St Helier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 9 April to 29 October - Monday to Saturday - 8:30am - 5pm Sunday 10am to 5pm. Jersey Museum presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people arrived in Jersey and continues through the centuries to explore the factors that have shaped this unique island and the people who live here. Find out why Jersey remained loyal to the English Crown despite being so close to France; listen to Jersey-French being spoken; learn about the Island's traditional farming industry and watch fascinating archive footage of the early years of tourism. The Story of Jersey has won the Visit England ‘Best Told Story’ Accolade. On display in the Art Gallery you will find the work of Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of Cahun's work, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material. Find out more about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Step inside the beautifully restored Merchant’s House and enter the drama of a Victorian family in crisis. The ghosts of the past - the desperate husband, the consoling wife and her accusing sister – are brought to life in a brand new audio-visual presentation. Further exploration of this magnificent house will reveal smaller dramas in other rooms while the scene is set for visitors with a new introductory exhibition on the ground floor.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children
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“The Merchants House was very interesting. The rest was a little dry but worthwhile on a wet afternoon.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

A museum in two parts, the first tells the history of Jersey and is fairly well done. The second- the Merchants House- is very well done indeed, telling the story of a family who have fallen on hard times (or perhaps mismanaged their finances) and are about to sell their home, in an interesting audio-visual display.

Perhaps a little overpriced, but worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
Thank Ian T
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“Good attraction and worth two mini visits”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

In the end we visited twice; once for 90 minutes and once for 60. You can use your ticket more than once during any given day. There is a good general introductory video; overviewing the history of Hersey through to the modern time. Not an astounding production, but information and useful. There was an exhibition of historic dress; a pass for us :) The first floor has an more in depth exhibition covering Jersey's modern history. The parts that detained us the most were the historic videos. It brought to life the post war period, the growth of tourism and Jersey's place within the British Isles. Some of the interest was just generic British history; with lots of old clips of the Royal family (amongst may others). There is then the Merchant's House; which we returned to see. Cleverly set-out and of interest to those with a liking for historic furniture etc. As with the historic dress exhibition, this will not be for everyone. Lastly, a note of thanks to the 2 members of staff on duty when we were there (20th April). Really helpful and friendly.

Visited April 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

The museum had two exhibitions. One called Hatched, Matched and Dispatched which had examples of christening, wedding and mourning garments through the ages. The other was photographic exhibition of Liberation Day Celebration 2013. The musem also tells you about the history of Jersey over the years. There is also a short film detailing various landmarks. Finally the musuem is attached the Merchant's House which is shows how the house looked when it was put up for Auction and the story of the occupants at the time. Well worth £9.

Visited April 2014
Thank Chris H
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West Molesey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Far better than anticipated!”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

The museum was next to our hotel so we popped in just for convenience, we were pleasantly surprised with the whole museum and all of the information on offer, would definitely recommend for a great insight into the history of Jersey!

Thank Moleseygirl
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“Good Place to visit”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Very nice place
been there seen all floors history , 2nd world war, agricultural,old machines etc
love the documentary showing first video made to promote Jersey tourism

Visited April 2014
Thank Aamir R
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