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Manx Museum, Douglas

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 500+ 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

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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  • Everything was well displayed with some lovely films and good summary information of the history of the Island. Something for everyone from art to early and late history 
  • A tremendous venue to find out about the island and its past communities and make a special trek to their cafe the food is delicious 
  • Lots to see and when I went a there was a Gallery of artwork by ? I cant remeber the name but he produced album covers for Yes amongst others fantastic art work . The main museum has some excellent di...  read more »
  • 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!).
  • A very good museum which balances things-in-cases with things-for-children. I remember going there when I was a child in the 1980's it's changed quite a bit since then and I got the feeling that many of the exhibits had been put away, but other things are on display - a selection of viking skulls and skeletons with the battle injuries clearly explained. They do a good job of presenting historical artefacts and bringing history to life with reproductions and models. Very enjoyable.
  • In March 2015 we visited the museum to see the World War I exhibit which profiled Isle of Man residents and their role in the The Great War (ends Nov 4, 2015). It was very well presented The museum offers a variety of exhibits, a well merchandised gift shop and a lovely tea room. It makes for a wonderful afternoon out. Also it is accessible to wheel chairs. Admission is free but donations are welcome (and well deserved). Don't miss the 'The Pagan Lady's' necklace, excavated at Peel Castle on the the west cost of the Isle of Man 950AD, incredible.
  • Great place to wander around and learn about the history of the island
  • Great outing both when alone and with kids. Lots to see and do
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