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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Freshwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.

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English first
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I love Dimbola & have a yearly pass with my husband. I can't praise it enough! The cafe serves fabulous food, the setting is beautiful, the galleries & art on display is always changing (apart from the Julia Margaret Cameron display which is permanent as it was she who lived there) & there are plenty of events held there all... More

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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Let's be honest. We drove over to Freshwater to find out whether or not Tennyson's former home Farringford House was open to the public. My mother remembers having a cream-tea at the hotel sometime in the 1990s. The House is undergoing a renovation. On our way back from Freshwater Beach we thought we'd drop into Dimbola Lodge for a light... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Had great afternoon tea and sandwiches here. Museum is basically exhibtions of photographs. Found it a little yawnworthy. Good local artist exhibiting - excellant line drawings. Another more amateur artist downstairs. £5 admission we thought would be VERY expensive. Luckily we have National Art Passes so admission was free. Otherwise would have felt anything over £2 would have been a... More

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Oldbury, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Went particularly to see the Chris Packham exhibition of wild animals. Paid and added Gift Aid, was thanked but no-one told us there was a school visit talking about dinosaurs which was taking place in one of the rooms where Chris was being exhibited so we missed half his pictures. Surely we could have been told on entry? Spent £9... More

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a photographer for over 60 years this has been a must visit place ever since it was saved in the early '90's. We spent over two hours wandering through the galleries of her work and the interesting displays of equipment and processes she used. The two other exhibitions were first class, I especially liked the moody landscapes by Chris... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I loved the couple of hours I spent here. If a guide offers you a talk about Julie Margaret Cameron you really must listen to him!! It was interesting, well researched, given at a good pace and he was very knowledgeable which made for interesting discussions and answers to most, if not all my questions. There were three or four... More

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Greenwich, London
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Visited the museum with my wife and our two good friends. John Evans (volunteer) told us the fascinating story of Julia Margaret Cameron. We spent about 40 minutes chatting to John who was very knowledgeable and extremely personable. He really brought the exhibition to life.

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York, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Interesting exhibitions of art and photography. Nice tea room. It's a small museum but is well worth supporting.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stumbled upon this little museum which was once the home if Julia Cameron - a victorian photographer who took some extraordinary pictures. The galleries are very well presented, and some space dedicated to photography from the Isle of Wight festivals past and present adds a contemporary twist. We were also lucky to see an exhibition of wildlife photography by... More

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

we went there to see the chris packham exhibition, which was great. but were also treated to a very detailed and interesting photographic history of the isle of white music festival and some work by local art students. recommended for a short visit, probably won't take longer than an hour.

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