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Ventnor Heritage Museum

Come and explore the history of Ventnor and the Undercliff. We offer artefacts, photos, models, and narratives that tell the story of why Ventnor happened when it did.

Why did Ventnor become a boom town after 1830 when it was just an area for fishing and farming with a water mill near the shore? There's a an exhibition of panels telling the story.

Themed exhibitions include Blackgang Chine, shipwrecks and smuggling on the coast. Ventnor People displays significant local residents as well as famous visitors: why did Karl Marx stay here for the last two winters of his life? Why was the Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest located here?

There are working models of the two railway stations that came to Ventnor. You can watch DVDs that tell the history of the area.

The Museum Shop sells postcards of Victorian scenes, prints, DVDs, and many publications including those published by our Society.

We are in the centre of Ventnor at 11 Spring Hill, which was built as a furniture shop in 1905 (find us). The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users.

Group visits
We can arrange for group visits outside our normal opening hours and are willing to arrange local heritage tours or on-site visits and displays. Please contact us with your requirements.

Opening times and days
The Museum is open Monday to Saturday in the Summer (May to October), and on Saturday mornings only for the rest of the year (see opening times).

Admission charges
Admission to the Museum is £2 (no charge for accompanied children under 16) and is free to members of the Ventnor & District Local History Society.