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Manx Museum, Douglas

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Visit the fabulous home of classic motoring on the Isle of Man.

Explore the amazing stories behind a collection of over 400 unique vehicles from around the world which includes:

► Classic cars and motor cycles

► Rarely seen private motorcycles

► The steam collection.

Background History

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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  • Great Museum, lots of different insights to Manx life, Highlight was the TT exhibition and the local flora and fauna exhibitions. Great place  more »
  • Very informative and staff very knowledgeable. I have mobility problems so best way to access museum is to use shop rite lift to car park to top floor then short walk to museum!  more »
  • Pouring with rain so the choice was here or sit in the tent, I came here but so glad I did great place and lots to learn not all bikes but history of the Manx too would recommend  more »
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  • Fascinating museum containing an exhibition of Manx art, loads of info on the history of our planet, an abundance of locally-discovered archaeological exhibits and several displays about the industrial and tourism history of Isle of Man. All nice and compact; just wonderful! Anybody awarding under five stars when it's FREE ADMISSION needs to wake up.
  • This place is full of information about Manx history and culture. I'm not a massive museum fan to begin with but I found that there was way too much going on. There was an insane amount of information, too much to take in and it was quite overwhelming. The layout of the museum was really chaotic and had no flow whatsoever.
  • 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.
  • A wonderful museum that is quite often over looked, packed full of manx history, all of which will entertain children too, interactive exhibits and dressing up there is lots of fun to be had! There is a nice cafe and gift shop, all is pram and wheelchair friendly, parking is tricky maybe try for the carpark above shop right just down the hill then walk over the bridge on the top level