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“Pure history.”
Review of Jersey Museum

Jersey Museum
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Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
Ranked #4 of 54 things to do in St Helier
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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, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you are either a history buff or just someone who likes to just browse around, this is a must place to see when visiting Jersey. From how Jersey evolved through the ages to the present day, it's all here. A must see is the Jersey Tapestry, depicting the German occupaton of the island during World War II. The vidid colours of this great work of art in the various panels is unbelievable.

Thank Harry A
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

A curate's egg of an experience. The main reason for its existence, the Jersey Museum, is poor, largely because it's so dark that you can't see what is in the displays. Some audio presentations via headphones, but at least one set didn't work.

Then we come to the Victorian House. A one-trick pony ( you can only see so many For Sale by Auction labels before it gets old) but saved by ravishing holographic presentations by the family members who lived there. It's creepy to see them peering out of mirrors and pouring out their heart and souls about how awful it was to have to do a midnight flit. HOWEVER the scripts are delivered both in English and French, which is fine but they're VERY long. So you end up not bothering to watch them in full because it's too long a wait before your language comes back on. Can't you put subtitles on these holograms?

Finally we come to the current star of the show, the recently found hoard of thousands of coins. If you are even remotely interested in archaeology go and see this and do it quickly. The archaeologists are digging out each coin in front of your eyes. I suspect you will never have seen a find like this still in its intact state, with coins and bits of jewellery sticking out of a mound of earth. But of course those curious archaeologists can't just leave this immense spectacle alone...they're taking it apart, coin by coin, so go now before it's largely gone. The estimate is nine years before this unbelievable sight is reduced to nice, neat bags of clean coins. Apparently serious consideration was indeed given to leaving this intact, just as it came out of the ground, and our initial response was that it should have been...until the archaeologist said that just yesterday a coin significantly newer than expected was found and changed all the theories about how old the hoard is and therefore why it was buried. Oh heck, just go see it soon and decide for yourself what they should have done. This is a must-see and makes up for the ordinariness of the rest of the museum.

Thank SheMag
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Some of the museum was poorly li to reflect Victorian times, but in museum the labels of objects were either too small to read or too far away. But for all that it was well worth a visit.

Thank Val O
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

They often say when you live somewhere you don't seem to check out the local places of interest, it was the same for us - eventually went to the Jersey Museum and were very impressed both with the size of the museum and the lay-out, we really really did enjoy ourselves, A sort film of how Jersey came to be, using local people. Lovely Hatch, Match and Dispatched area, baby Christening gowns, Wedding outfits worn by Jersey people from the mid 19th Century and embroidered mourning clothes, and a restored merchant's house of wealthy inhabitants of No 9 Pier Road who were forced to sell up in the 1860s. We were also lucky to see the large collection of ancient coins found recently.

Thank PoshtravellerJersey
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Very well laid out and informative. Pleasant welcoming staff. When we went the art gallery was closed for work but time passed very quickly in the museum. Give it a try you wont be dissapointed

Thank Andy W
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