HistoryThe doors to the original Manx Museum opened November 2nd 1922. It was only after much debate and work that the dream of a National Museum was achieved. The building known as Noble's Old Hospital was handed over by the trustees the year before. The opportunity was presented and once the staff salaries were debated things seemed settled. Artifacts from a temporary museum in Castle Rushen, from storage in Peel, and from well known island preservation societies made their way to Douglas. The first open day brought 416 people and for the next few months the admission of 6d was waived.
To celebrate the centenary of the Museum and Ancient Monuments Trustees (appointed by an act of Tynwald in 1886), a new addition to the Manx Museum was proposed in 1986. The project costing £1.3 million would update and redesign the internal building and add a large extension to accommodate an Introduction Theatre, National Art Gallery and Map Gallery. The museum's new look was opened in 1989 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann.
The Manx National Heritage headquarters is based at the Museum, where it continues to provide protection and preservation for the Natural and Cultural past of the island.
LocationA top Crellins Hill on the corner. Entrance off Kindswood Grove where cars enter to park. To avoid climbing Crellins Hill, go on a Monday to Saturday and take the lift for the car park marked with signed for the museum. Cross the blue footbridge and take the gentle incline up to the museum.
Travel to Douglas and then along the sea front. Turn down Church Road and then go up Crellins Hill. The Manx Museum is at the top of this hill left side.
Plan your journey with our Bus and Rail Timetables.
By Electric Railway, take the trams heading to Douglas. Then walk along the Promenade till you reach the high street area. Walk up Crellins Hill, or go through the doorway at its bottom which has a slow incline up, or take the lift as suggested above.
By Steam Railway, take the train to Douglas and then up the steps onto Bank Hill. Go straight along Athol Street and then uphill a little to Finch Road. Go along Finch Road till you reach Crellins Hill, where you walk up it to the Museum beside the road, or up the slight incline through the doorway at the bottom of the hill, or take the lift as suggested above.
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Exhibitions and Services
Visiting the Manx MuseumThere is something for all ages inside this large and well presented national museum. Entering through the main doors, visitors are welcomed and presented with a guide for the museum. They are then shown into the Film Theatre to watch a short presentation about the history of the Isle of Man. After the film visitors are directed into the National Art Gallery, where they are then free to look around or continue on through the museum exhibits.
Most of the Manx Museum is interactive and allows visitors to sample visual, audio and exhibit items, which are of interest to them. Many of the exhibition rooms have interactive material specifically designed for children.
After visiting the museum, there is an elegant cafe and large Heritage Shop near the museum exit doors. For those not interested in visiting the museum, but just wishing to sample the delights of the cafe or have a browse in the Heritage Shop. Enter through the exit doors located on the older building.
Things to See and Do(As described by MNH)
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