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“Gems of information about these beautiful Islands” 4 of 5 stars
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Isles of Scilly Museum
Church Street | Hugh Town, St. Mary's, TR21 0JT, England
01720 422337
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Owner description: Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more. The Museum is in Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's, half-way between the Town Hall and the Parish Church. We have an excellent reference library and a growing collection of family history records, accessible to the public by appointment with the Curator.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Gems of information about these beautiful Islands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We found the museum full of information and spent a happy hour reading about the Island past life. Great for all the family.

Visited August 2012
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“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Great little place very informative place and well worth a visit took us an hour to read most info
Kids offered puzzle quest
Lots on the islands re shipwrecks if that's your thing
Don't miss it

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“A rainy day diversion, but not much for children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

If you're interested in archaeology, shipwrecks or taxidermy, you're in for a treat with the Isles of Scilly museum. Situated on Church Street, in one of the buildings 60s architects managed to sneak in to Hugh Town, it's a compact museum over two floors. Archaeology is well represented, with many Bronze and Iron Age finds, including a fantastic Iron Age sword and mirror excavated on Bryher. There is also a substantial exhibit on the Romano-British finds on Nornour. There is a great deal of information and contemporary news reports on ship wrecks in the area, and poignant items recovered by divers from the wrecks, and you can get a close up view of a pilot gig. Somewhat more bizarre downstairs is the extensive taxidermy collection, as you descend into the bowels of feathery death – definitely no substitute for seeing the wildlife – well, living.

Overall, I would say it is worth popping in for an hour or so, particularly if it’s a rainy day. There is a charge – slightly more than listed on their website as it is now £3.50 for adults, concessions £2.50 and children £1. However, it’s a rather dry, old-school museum, so I’m not sure how interesting younger children would find it.

Visited July 2012
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Quite comp[act but with a very maritime feel. Suited me coming from Poole. Lots of interesting things to see and read.....good for stuffed animals and famous shipwrecks....quite a few. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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“Scilly's hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The island musuem is situated in the centre of Hugh Town a stone's throw from Porthcressa beach and is s real gem, a goldmine of information regarding the islands history and wilidlife. Like many others no doubt, I viisted on a rainy day when it was relatively busy, but it is not always this way.

The first floor is dedicated to the islands history, with an interesting account of the Torry Canon disaster and some fascinating information too about the Bishop Rock lighthouse and the history of shipping etc. The lower floor which features a replica of a Scillonian gig, the island's traditional boat, features some history, but is really more about the islands wildlife, with an interesting collection of various stuffed creatures. Booklets about the islands more recent past are available and the entrance fee is very reasonble, so it s good place to learn more about this beautiful place.

Visited June 2012
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