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Manx Museum

Telephone: 01624 648000
Fax: 01624 648001
Email: enquiries@mnh.gov.im

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Overview of collections

The museum holds the core collections for Manx National Heritage, which are also on display at the numerous other museum sites. The large and wide-ranging collections include themes that illustrate the natural history and geology of the island, archaeology from Mesolithic to 16th century and social history from the 17h century to present day, fine and decorative art, costume and textiles, numismatics, arms and armaments, oral history, photographs, documents and books.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The museum provides an introduction to the 'Story of Mann', which is a linking theme for the many heritage sites based across the island. The award winning displays present a range of themes, including a film presentation of Manx history. The museum includes the National Art Gallery, with examples of work by famous Manx artists and also the National Archive and Reference Library.

Star Objects at this location

Manx crosses; Viking coins; C H Cowley Prehistoric Collection; Hoggatt paintings; Furniture collection
Collection Descriptions
Agriculture Collection (Manx Museum)
Agricultural collections are included in the social history material.
Archaeology Collection (Manx Museum)
A large collection of local archaeology (excluding bulk excavation material) ranging from Mesolithic to the 16th cent...
Archives Collection (Manx Museum)
The National Library and Archives, based at the Manx Museum house over 50,000 manuscripts, plans, maps, photographs, ...
Arms & Armour Collection (Manx Museum)
Arms and armaments, including plaques and war memorials and civilian internment camps of the two World Wars.
Biology Collection (Manx Museum)
Natural history material is of local origin and includes botany (flowering and non-flowering plants), mammals, birds,...
Costume & Textile Collection (Manx Museum)
Costume and furnishings
Decorative & applied Art Collection (Manx Museum)
Includes ceramics and glass and also items of traditionally produced furniture dating from the 17th century to presen...
Fine Art Collection (Manx Museum)
The National Art Collection has a large number of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures including pain...
Geology Collection (Manx Museum)
Rocks (including bore cores), minerals and fossils of local origin.
Medals Collection (Manx Museum)
Medals and medallions from 16th century to present day.
Numismatics Collection (Manx Museum)
Coins from Roman to present day and tokens from the 16th century to present day.
Oral History Collection (Manx Museum)
Oral history.
Social History Collection (Manx Museum)
The majority of social history is held at the Manx Museum and the collections include community, domestic, personal a...

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