Museum nan Eilean (Stornoway)

Opening Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday Closed

(Visiting Safely)

Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle the new Museum nan Eilean opened on 14 July 2016.

Exciting new galleries look at the stories of the Islands and Islanders.  Visitors can:

  • discover how the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides is shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people
  • hear details about different people’s lives; the diversity of experience, opinion and perception of living life on an Island.
  • examine how people have lived and worked from the earliest times to the present day,  how their culture is expressed through the Gaelic language, religion and community life.

Significant loans from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, including the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, alongside unique objects from the Comhairle’s collection set the modern culture of the Islands in their historic context.

The ground floor of Lews Castle has been restored to its Gothic Revival grandeur, and as well as the carefully renovated rooms, visitors can enjoy the Storehouse café and Outfitters shop run by Natural Retreats.

How can you find out more?

You can find out more about the project and how you can get involved by following us on facebook.

Look for Museum nan Eilean for news about the project, open days and activity days.

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Our Funding Partners

Funding for the project is being provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). 

Museum Partners