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Museum nan Eilean

Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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Home of some of the Lewis chessmen

The castle is an interesting walk from the town. The museum, located in the castle, is basically 5... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Anonymous T
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Kelowna, Canada
Great attraction on a wet day!

We visited Lews Castle Museum on a wet and windy day in Stornoway. The introductory film is... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Fiona M
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Oban, United Kingdom
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Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle, the new Museum nan Eilean opened on 14 July 2016. Admission is free of charge. This is the first Gaelic led Museum in Europe, with interpretation also provided in English. Exciting new galleries look at the stories of the Islands and the Islanders. Visitors can: •Discover the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides, shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people. •Hear about people’s lives; the diversity of experience, opinion and perception of living life on the Islands. •Find out how people have lived and worked from the earliest times until the present day and how culture has been and continues to be expressed through the Gaelic language, work, religion, and community life. •View the Outer Hebrides as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation which takes the visitor on a journey across the islands to experience our natural environment at all times of year, day and night. Significant loans from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, including the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, alongside unique items from the local collection set the modern culture of the Islands in the historic context.
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

The castle is an interesting walk from the town. The museum, located in the castle, is basically 5 large rooms side by side. One has an exhibit of a few of the chessmen, borrowed from the British Museum on a 10year lease. Another has a...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

We visited Lews Castle Museum on a wet and windy day in Stornoway. The introductory film is fantastic, we loved the fact that the film is shown on three sides and you really feel you are in the landscape. It was great to see the...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This relatively new museum is a gem! Not only is it free, it's engaging and just the right size for getting a taste without having to commit an entire day. In fact, it's the perfect size for waiting out one of Scotland's regular rainy spells....More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The extension that houses the museum is a super contrast to the original castle building. Clad in zinc, the silver finish sets the building off in contrast to the castle. It has been well fitted out inside with the different rooms used to good advantage...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

I submitted this review on the Lews Castle site. So we loved the museum. We went specifically to see the chessmen and they did not disappoint. The docents were very knowledgeable and helpful. The whole museum was great and we would recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I really couldn't fault this museum at all. The exhibits are all presented in a modern and interesting way and it was really engaging. I particularly loved all the stories of people from the Hebrides. The temporary exhibition was also really interesting. You can definitely...More

Thank Sarah488
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Excellent small museum, we worth a visit if only to see the Lewis Chessmen. Plenty of other exhibits. Easy to find and easy to park. A must if you are in Stornoway.

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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The very informative lady in the Tourist office, suggested a visit to this delightful museum, tucked away on the ground floor of Lews castle. I say " tucked away", because we had to ask at the castle, where the museum was situated, as it was...More

Thank James M
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Marvellous castle museum and restaurant in Lews Castle. Went there to see the Lewis Chessmen. The part of the museum which houses them was closed off for maintenance work, so had to visit the cafe instead! Excellent fuel stop! Service a bit haphazard, but the...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Lews Castle and visited this adjoining museum. A lovely new building showing a variety of pieces with local connections. The highlight of which was the Lewis Chessmen. Which were great....... pity they only have 6 of them there (the others are mainly...More

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Response from museumnaneilean2016 | Property representative |
The museum is now located in a new building next to Lews Castle and adjacent to Lews Castle College. The museum is open 1 April - 30 September 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 October to 31 March 1pm to 5pm Tuesday... More
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