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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

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Address: Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
Phone Number:
+44 1938 756814
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret...

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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really interesting museum in a very accessible place near freshwater bay. ideal for any weather but particularly good on a wet day. nice little cafe.very friendly staff. nice and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 7, 2016
Harrow, United Kingdom

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Admittedly, I have only been on one occasion, but that was enough. I have been a photographer for 30 years and living on the Isle of Wight, I really needed to see what was, I hoped, a photographer's place of interest. I was disappointed. Very few exhibits and the ones on show when I attended, were very poor quality. I... More 

Thank BobUK34
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

The journey from London to Dimbola took approximately 3 hours. I got on a 9:00 am train from Waterloo Station to Brockenhurst. I transferred to another train (waiting at the station) for Lymington Pier. The ferry ride from Lymington Pier to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight took 30 minutes. I was able to buy a roundtrip ticket, Waterloo to Yarmouth (trains... More 

Thank RoddymacInnes
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Went to this lovely little museum on the way home back to the ferry. I would recommend this to anyone remotely interested in photography - it's fantastic. There's a tearoom, bookshop and of course museum shop, staff are warm friendly and helpful. If you haven't been before, make the effort and go.

Thank Radiantkitty
Harrow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

really interesting museum in a very accessible place near freshwater bay. ideal for any weather but particularly good on a wet day. nice little cafe.very friendly staff. nice and warm on these colder wintry days now. the art gallery was really interesting and all well placed

Thank AJChes53
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

I have been past this building countless times on various holidays, and have never ventured in. But on my latest I decided to pay a visit. The building itself is amazing - very atmospheric with good views across to the Bay. I enjoyed the time line that described Julia Margaret Camerons life, and the photos were beautiful. I also really... More 

1 Thank Helen D
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Not to be missed if you have any love of photography! Basically the museum covers the beginnings of the photographic art to the present day. There are ever changing exhibitions, and a world of possible contributors, you won't be disappointed. The exhibition areas are on the first floor, accessed by a lovely wooden stairway. One bedroom is set out in... More 

1 Thank Jane F
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This museum is quite lovely. Always a good added exhibition or two plus the fascination of early cameras, the early history of photography and the interesting links with the stars of Victorian society. Then the memorabilia of the more recent pop culture and its Island links. Sounds a bit of a mish-mash when written but at Dimbola the various threads... More 

Thank Daphne W
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Very interesting, quaint place with great tee shirts! Good teas and cake. wonderful history of photography and the Fresh Water Circle.

Thank motherofpearl607
Widnes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The south and west of the island held the most interest for me and Dimbola adds something unique. The history of the place is interesting in itself and the photograph is well worth the admission. It also has some great memorabilia from the 1970 rock festival which I attended which is a nice bonus. The volunteer on reception was there... More 

Thank Rob O
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Tea, coffee, cake and Plowman's lunch for us. Loved the fact the dog was welcomed. Coffee was okay, tea and cake were pretty good. It's worth a visit, it's not a memorable place, but a good stop gap

Thank James M

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