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Manx Museum, Douglas

(4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Visit the fabulous new home of classic motoring on the Isle of Man.

Explore the amazing stories behind a collection of over 250 unique vehicles from around the world

which includes:

► Classic cars and motor cycles

► Rarely seen private motorcycles

► The steam collection.

Dine at The Guard House Cafe and enjoy delicious meals made with fresh Manx produce

► Find The Guard House Cafe on Facebook www.facebook.com/theguardhousecafe

Entrance Prices

Adults £9.50

Children £4.50 (3-15 Years)

Under 3 years FREE

Family £25.00 – 2 Adults and 2 Children

*Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Isle of Man Motor Museum

Background History

►Welcome to the Isle of Man Motor Museum

This ambitious project has created excitement and interest amongst classic car enthusiasts since it first got underway in May 2015.

Behind the 70,000 square foot site are father and son, Denis and Darren Cunningham, whose 150-strong classic car collection forms the exhibition’s core. With plans embracing displays and events to tie in with the Island’s motorsport calendar; temporary exhibitions and loan items from private collectors; and the display of 150 motorbikes, the museum will continually evolve and is set to become a mecca for automotive enthusiasts.

The Cunninghams’ classic car collection is an eclectic mix of rare and unusual road-going vehicles – including trucks, limousines and hearses - from around the world, dating from 1900 to the present day. Having hit on the idea of making their collection the basis of a museum, Darren toured America in 2013, gathering ideas from museums he visited along the way.

Denis and Darren weighed up several locations before deciding that the Isle of Man, with its long-standing motoring and transport heritage, would make the ideal home for their vision. Upon moving to the Island in January 2014, they set about making that vision a reality.

Darren’s research and Denis’ long career in construction is evident throughout the museum. From the striking feature display area for loans and exhibitions to a restoration and maintenance workshop open to public viewing, every aspect of the museum is geared towards creating an immersive experience.

The motorbike collection is showcased on two curving mezzanine levels, which also afford a great overview of the exhibits below.

In addition to such creative touches, all practical visitor requirements have been anticipated: there is full disabled access throughout the site, ample parking, coach bays, charge points for electric cars and bikes and a gift shop immediately opposite the entrance.

Just over the road is The Guard House Café, the perfect setting in which to unwind and refuel after visiting the museum.
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  • This is one of the best things to do in Douglas, something for everyone of every age. Accessible for all :) I make a return visit every year with my family as I have done for many years now. 
  • Only a flying visit but the Museum punches above its weight. The library os v helpful and its art collection is a resl surprise 
  • Takes you on a trip through the history of the Isle of Man. My friend who is not not big on museums thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 
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  • wonderful museum with so much to see, make sure you put aside at least a couple of hours. they also have a friendly eatery inside with delicious offerings. need to be a bit smart with parking as it is very limited. the best thing to do is park opposite the museum (reachable via an overhead walkway) where there is available parking. space is limited to around half a dozen cars at the museum itself so don't be caught out. of course if you are walking then its alright!
  • Born and bred on the Island so have been many times over the years, and it's always been fantastic. Relocated to London a few years back, but popped back for the weekend to find that they have a Roger Dean exhibition! Absolutely stunning works, presented and lit perfectly. Took the opportunity to walk around the rest of the museum, and they really have done a great job since I was there last. There are interactive exhibits, where kids (and adults of course) can dress up and play vintage board games or even a piano. Lots of technology throughout, but still with plenty of the more traditional physical exhibits. The food in the café is very good, and the shop has a good selection of quality Manx goods. Can't recommend it highly enough as a place to take the family for a day out, or even just to spend some time on your own soaking up Manx history. It's a fascinating place, and a reminder that not all of the best museums are to be found in London.
  • Well laid out, interactive museum detailing the history of the Isle of Man. Lots to keep all the family entertained for several hours.
  • great!! well worth a visit, new exibits have just been added
  • Visited recently for the first time in many years and I was not disappointed. Entry is free and the exhibitions are a fascinating insight into the Island's history and language. Worth a visit when the weather isn't behaving (which it hasn't been doing in the months running up to when I wrote this!).