is in Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's and whilst housed in a
very uninspiring building, is a definitely a hidden
gem. The museum is split up into
several sections and date periods, including the
bronze age and more recently the 1800s and 1900s.
The museum is packed full of exhibits and artefacts,
all with detailed explanations, providing a real
flavour for the history of the islands. There are
many relics and items from many of Scilly's infamous
shipwrecks. There is a
wonderful display of flotsam and jetsam found on the
shores. The lower floor has flora and fauna
found on the islands plus a little area showing how
the islanders lived in the 1800's. One off
exhibitions are frequent.
It was following the severe gales in
the winter of 1962, that the islet of Nornour
(Eastern Isles) yielded up some remarkable
Romano-British finds, encouraging some St Mary's
residents to establish a local museum. After much
fundraising and thanks to huge volunteer enthusiasm,
the present Museum was built. It opened to the
public on July 15th 1967 and received a visit from
H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on August 8th 1967.
Thanks to the generosity of local and mainland benefactors, they have received many varied accessions for research and display purposes and welcome any items of Scillonian provenance relating to the history of the islands. Remember this is just the hub of an archipelago which is a museum in itself. Its not just for a rainy day.
Summer, Monday to Friday - 10am to 4.30pm & Saturday
10am to 12pm: Winter 10am to 12pm
Admissions £3.50 * Senior Citizens £2.50 & Children £1.00
Telephone: 01720 422337
Main Areas within the Museum.
Some of the Key Exhibits
The Gig, Klondyke - Built in St Marys by Glyas for the Coastguards in 1877. Named later when she was acquired by the St Agnes pilots.. Donated initially to the Valhalla, she is know beautifully displayed, fully rigged on the basement floor of the museum.
The Romano-British finds from Nornour.
Wreck Artefacts from Local Shipwrecks
Pilotage, Gigs & Cutters
Finds from the Seashore
Finds from the Ancient Tombs