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Jersey Museum

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Address: 5 Caledonia Place, St. Helier JE2 3NG
Phone Number:
+44 1534 633300
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Jersey Museum presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people...

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.

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Spent a wet afternoon in here. Easy to walk around learnt a lot about jerseys history. Ideal for a wet day. Gift shop was small not much to buy but we don't buy from them usually... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a wet afternoon in here. Easy to walk around learnt a lot about jerseys history. Ideal for a wet day. Gift shop was small not much to buy but we don't buy from them usually anyway. Staff were helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have at least 2 hours to spare, then this is well worth the £9.95. A wealth of info and a little bonus of some audio and text of the local Jersey lingo. The house next to the museum has been restored to its original glory and is great to get a feel of what life was like. If... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated just off Liberation Square, this is a well funded, and rather special museum. The Merchant House tells, via a tour of the different rooms, the story of a once wealth Jersey family that had "reduced circumstances", when trade patterns altered. Some of the (real life) characters involved would be certainly be worthy of a Victorian melodrama / costume series.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good alternative for a cloudy and rainy day. Very pleasant small museum that gives you a profound historical view of the island, from prehistorical till the sixties and now. Next to the museum is a nice bat / restaurant for a drink or a lunch, this for a fair price. By the way, the staff of the museum is very... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

A very interesting small museum which covered the history and geology of the Island. Well worth a visit. The Merchant House which is part of the same building was very interesting too.

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Thank therealdaddydo
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Visited the Museum last week what a gem, we learned more about Jersey from this building than anywhere we had been, If you are going to Jersey please go to this Museum you wont regret it

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

So much to see and discover! Excellent museum. A must if you want to find out loads about this wonderful island.

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jerseyheritage365, Public Relations Manager at Jersey Museum, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and felt that the Museum gave you all the information you needed about our Island. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

The Jersey Museum had lots of great information about the island's history with a large collection of artifacts and memories from the Occupation. An ongoing video presentation in the center added to the understanding from all the rooms. The staff did an excellent job updating the museum from when we saw it many years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

A good place to visit especially as it now houses the Tourist Information Centre and a good restaurant. The experience is modern and interesting, it certainly gives a good insight into Jersey life through the ages. Go there and learn about the island then go off and explore your favourite place knowing just that little bit more. What’s not to... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

The museum was quite interesting, the manor house and its history were well presented and interesting. The items in the museum were well curated - lots of items giving a feel for history without being over loaded. A well presented, smaller museum.

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