Jersey Museum & Art Gallery

Jersey Museum & Art Gallery

Jersey Museum & Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover the story of Jersey for free on the Ground Floor of our Art Gallery and Museum. Watch our Story of Jersey film and visit the Aspiring Jersey Island Geopark Visitor Centre and the Link Gallery. There’s more to discover (admission prices apply) upstairs, including our exhibition: Bouan Appétit! which explores Jersey’s rich heritage of fishing, farming and food. Admire pieces of art as you wander round the museum, including a portrait of Lillie Langtry by Sir John Everett Millais. Step inside the beautifully restored, gas-lit Victorian House and learn the story of a Victorian family in crisis as Dr Charles Ginestet abandons their beautiful home and flees to France to start a new life. On the ground floor of the Victorian House, visit Trade Roots, a powerful exhibition that examines the evidence of the Island’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. * Please note, our gallery space on the first floor of the Museum is currently closed.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Anon66_11
    Warrington, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Great information about Jersey, the film at the beginning gave a lot of information. The rest was the normal slow walk round, having to read a lot of little notices that could do with more light, we struggled to read most. We didn't get to see the gallery as they were changing the exhibition.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • FionaG350
    Poole, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum with a wonderful Victorian House attached
    I loved this museum, which is in two parts. Firstly, there is the usual exhibits, the ancient hand axes and coins, the Roman artefacts etc through the ages, all displayed with relevance to Jersey, sometimes with extra little video clips to watch. Secondly there is the Victorian House, three floors all left as it was when the family fled. The story goes that they had run up massive debts and had put the house and its contents up for auction. The authorities fearing that they would flee with the proceeds and not pay their debts stopped the auction.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Pamela J
    Benfleet, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum
    Very interesting museum with quite a mixture of exhibits detailing the history of Jersey. Start your visit with a short film and then look around the ancient artefacts up to the modern day. There is also a Victorian House attached which is still furnished and films with actors telling you the story of the family who used to live there and what happened to them. A small cafe indoors but we preferred to sit in the covered lovely garden to have our coffee. A pleasant way to spend 2-3 hours especially as when we visited it was a rainy day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • SmallwoodV
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable day out at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery
    What a wonderful place! Lots to see in the actual museum and the Victorian House was a very enjoyable experience. The history of the house and its occupants was very entertaining and informative. This is certainly one museum which is a joy to visit. The gardens and tea room were also well worth a visit, as was the Art Gallery. Very reasonable admission price too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • emmawilki81
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful visit
    An excellent few hours spent learning more about Jersey and the history and heritage of the island and islanders. So interesting to wander around the Victorian house and I still can't get over the real gas lighting! Would definitely recommend a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 25, 2024
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ozzy515
Trowbridge, UK151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited about 15 years ago with kids then ,and felt we may have missed things so gave it another go,having retired we felt the admission price was very expensive,and one cannot get the heritage pass until spring.perhaps there should be a winter rate.?
The film at beginning was excellent chronologically giving the history of Jersey in a nutshell,however the layout of the museum does not tally with the chronology of the film and the story of Jersey room had too many sounds clashing so one could not zone into anything in particular,the merchants house was interesting,however the drama was in French despite a notice saying that each character would talk in both languages for 3 mins..the prison bit at bottom of stairs did not fit into anything in particular and we felt that the whole layout could have been revamped and better organised for the price.I feel glad that I have supported Jersey heritage by paying the overpriced rates,but think that the states could do more to support tourist attractions,as I fear in the future that tourism may suffer.
Written January 28, 2020
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Kato122
Cambridge, UK293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Friendly and helpful staff and an interesting well put together display. Loved the 'auctioned' house aspect too, which was very cleverly done. Such fun and well worth a visit!

The Yard cafe was closed on a Monday, but it is close to other cafes. We came back the following day for lunch. It had a great vibe, with innovative menu and nicely presented food. Efficient and friendly service. Indoor or outdoor seating area, both are really nice. Lovely toilets.
Written November 7, 2021
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Gilly C
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
For anyone interested in history, this museum is a fascinating look at the history, culture and traditions of the island. The Victorian house is a real glimpse into the past. Restored to how it would have looked in Victoria times. It has a very authentic feel and a real step back in time. There is also a cafe where they serve, among other things, scones with the unique Jersey black butter.
Written March 31, 2020
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Thank you so much for coming to visit us.
Written July 14, 2020
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grenouilleleg
Jersey, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
So, I had not been for about a year comma because of all the virtue signaling exhibitions going on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the woke floor has been replaced by an exhibition about food which was very interesting and very well set up. I do think the main floor is getting a bit tired. Particularly those old Alistair Layzel videos which must be 30 plus years. The wax Neanderthal is one of the best I've seen anywhere including Madame Tussauds. The merchant House has got incredibly boring, I'm afraid. I am not a big fan of the amateur dramatic presentations either.
The thing that really upset this visit was the bottom floor where you were apparently able to listen to the sounds of Jersey. That would have been fine if it wasn't for the loud noise and music coming out of the cafe. This made the whole thing totally pointless. I was hoping a lot of the things that were ripped out Hougue Bie would end up here but I couldn't see any.
The thing with this museum is if you're visiting has a tourist, it's great. But if you're expected to make return visits under the heritage deal I cannot see the point of taking that deal up expected to make return visits under the heritage deal I cannot see the point of taking that deal up.
Written August 14, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback in this review. We are glad you enjoyed our new exhibition, Bouan Appétit, on the second floor. We appreciate your comments regarding the Story of Jersey exhibition, which after 31 years is being refurbished, with the new exhibition opening in summer 2024. We strive to engage both locals and tourists with our collections, exhibitions and interpretation.
Written December 21, 2023
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Carol F
Bromley, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The free area was some rocks, some pictures of some rocks and an A level art students exhibition. The video of the history of the island was not on a loop and wasn't due to start for 25 minutes. We left.
The museum itself was £12 entry.
Interestingly, a volunteer was taking feedback from visitors. When I told her I though £12 was a bit steep, she said no museums are free. I thought of The Natural History museum, The Science Museum, The V&A...............
Written September 13, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback with regards to your visit. It is unfortunate that you were not able to take the time to watch the free 'Story of Jersey' Film as we regularly receive excellent reviews from visitors who have watched it and it gives great context on the history our island. Jersey Heritage is partly funded by the States of Jersey and we need to generate sizeable income ourselves, which is why we have an admission charge. However, the good news is that in a trial initiative funded by our government, the Jersey Museum will provide free admission to all from July 2024 .
Written April 30, 2024
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Adrian242
Solihull, UK294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
A very enjoyable couple of hours spent in the museum. Lots of interesting facts and artefacts on display, presenting the history of the island. The entrance fee, whilst not cheap was good value for what is on offer. The cafe however is very expensive and busy. £7.70 for two small cans of coke is more than excessive and not going value, eat and drink somewhere else.
Written June 18, 2021
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Carrie
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Started with excellent video of Jersey’s history in a mini cinema, then able to explore museum and the town house adjoining it. Enjoyed the house, as did my 12 year old. The speaking characters in mirrors are really good and the nursery us amazing, as my daughter loves the rocking horses especially. A really enjoyable morning.
Written July 20, 2021
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MarianneSouthport
Southport, UK348 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Both my husband and myself found this museum to be a mishmash, and to our minds could have had a much better layout and been more informative of the island. The period during the Second World War when Jersey was occupied by the Nazi's was left out, which surprised us as we thought this would have been included in detail and of interest to many visitors as the Channel Islands were the only part of the UK that was occupied. The film about the island was to us something pitched at children so we left watching that after a few minutes. Luckily we found information on the occupation in the first-rate Channel Island's Military Musuem, the best museum we visited during our holiday. But for us the Jersey Museum was a disappointment.
Written September 25, 2022
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With over 250,000 years of human history in Jersey to consider we try to touch all the key moments in Jersey's history at Jersey Museum. Our Story of Jersey does include a section on the Second World War, and includes some very interesting objects from that important time. However, our film introduction on the Ground Floor concentrates on the more distant Jersey past. We look after a number of historic sites across Jersey, all of which touch on Occupation or Liberation; we have the Occupation Tapestry Gallery at Maritime Museum, interpretation about the occupation at La Hougue Bie featuring the plight of slave workers, interpretation at Mont Orgueil Castle detailing the use of the castle by German soldiers and medications they made and lastly several German bunkers and fire control tower open to the public at Elizabeth Castle. So we do tell the wider story of Occupation and Liberation across all of our heritage sites. We agree, the Channel Islands Military Museum is excellent and a perfect place to find out about this important part of our Island's history and is well worth a visit.
Written December 13, 2022
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manutddone
St. Thegonnec france67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
O.k. so it's a museum, not my favourite places to visit and I didn't find anything that made me want to stay.
Yes o.k. for a rainy morning or afternoon but I think youngsters would soon get bored. There is one ( maybe more) viturtal reality exhibition that was o.k. as for the rest of the exhibits it is what you would expect. A tad expensive for me. One good point was the film to see that lasts about 20 minutes ,so if the doors a closed you will not have long to wait for the next showing. The film also has sub titles for French and German showing at different times which is a plus ,however we found that most of the exhibits did not have French or German translation!!
Written March 4, 2020
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Busker999
Tonbridge, UK1,489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Came as realised we had a distant relatives medals here. Great film to start off a quick history of Jersey from neolithic to present day. Very helpful volunteer Sheila? at the front giving us a bit more detail too. The exhibits are wide ranging, including each period as well as a protest section and a merchants House. All very good. Not quite as interactive as the Maritime but good.
Written April 19, 2022
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