The Manx Museum (Thie Tashtee Vannin) in Douglas, Isle of Man is the national museum of the Isle of Man. It is run by Manx National Heritage. In general, the museum covers 10,000 years the history of the Isle of Man from the Stone Age to the modern era.[1]

Manx Museum
Thie Tashtee Vannin
Douglas - Manx Museum (cropped).jpg
The Manx Museum building in Douglas
Manx Museum is located in Isle of Man
Manx Museum
Location of Manx Museum on the Isle of Man
Established2 November 1922; 99 years ago (1922-11-02)
LocationKingswood Grove,
Isle of Man
Coordinates54°09′16″N 4°28′55″W / 54.15445°N 4.48187°W / 54.15445; -4.48187
TypeNational Museum

The museum serves as headquarters of Manx National Heritage.[2] The museum bears no relation to the institution with the same name founded by Trevor Ashe in 1825.


The Manx Museum and Ancient Monuments Act of 1886 led to the creation of a nation museum for the Isle of Man with the aim of preserving the island's cultural and historical heritage.[3] Although there had previously been an institution on the Isle of Man named the Manx Museum, founded by entrepreneur, author, and publisher Trevor Ashe in 1825, it has no relation to the Manx Museum run by Manx National Heritage.

The Manx Museum is partially housed in the original Noble's Hospital building. The site on Crellin's Hill in Douglas was bequeathed by Rebecca Noble, the wife of philanthropist and businessman Henry Bloom Noble in 1885. Rebecca Noble laid the foundation stone but did not live to see the building officially opened.[4]

After the opening of the new Noble's Hospital on Westmoreland Road in 1912,[5] the building lay empty for nearly a decade until the building was handed over to the trustees for the Manx Museum.[2][6] The Manx Museum opened on 2 November 1922 with Philip Moore Callow Kermode as its director.[7][8]

The museum was expanded and was significantly remodelled between 1986–89 and a large extension included a lecture and film theatre, and an art gallery.[2] The museum was officially reopened by Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann in 1989.[9]


Exhibition depicting tourism on the Isle of Man

Apart from a number of permanent exhibitions ranging from the archaeological history of the Isle of Man to the natural history collection, several temporary themed exhibitions are shown each year.

Every summer an exhibition covering the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races and motorcycle racing is shown.[10]

Other recent exhibitions have included This Terrible Ordeal which focused on the experiences of the Manx people in World War I,[11] and the artwork of British artist William Hoggatt.[12][13]


1970 Suzuki T500 race-prepared by Eddie Crooks, winning machine in the 1970 500 cc Production Class TT race ridden by Frank Whiteway, on display at the Manx Museum[14][15]

In 2018 Manx National Heritage stated that there were 100,000 visitors each year on average to the Manx Museum. This figure was disputed by the Isle of Man Newspapers, following a freedom of information request found the recorded numbers to be much less than estimated.

The FoI response revealed that in 2015, MNH counted 63,953 visitors into the museum, in 2016 this was 68,602 and in 2017 the number was 72,661, while the numbers represent an increase of 8,708 visitors over three years, this is still 27,339 shy of the number MNH claimed.[16]

The Museum stated that due to remodelling of one of the Museum's entrances, "it has become clear that the methodology we use to estimate visitors and users needs to be updated."[16]


The museum has limited parking, a shop, a café and is open daily. The National Art Gallery and the Manx National Library and Archives are also located on the site.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Manx Museum – Thie Tashtee Vannin". Manx National Heritage. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Isle of Man Guide: Manx Museum". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ "History of the Society". Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Death of Mrs H.B. Noble". Manx Sun. 14 January 1888. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  5. ^ "1888 – Nobles Hospital & Dispensary, Isle of Man". Archiseek. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  6. ^ Papers of the Henry Bloom Noble Trust. Archives Hub. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  7. ^ "A Great National Possession: the Museum at Last". Isle of Man Examiner. 3 November 1922. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  8. ^ "A Great Manxman Gone Mr William Cubbon Dies in London". Isle of Man Times. 7 January 1955. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Manx Museum". Douglas Borough Council. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  10. ^ "TT exhibition extended". Manx Radio. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Isle of Man community focus in WW1 exhibition". BBC. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  12. ^ "William Hoggatt". Manx National Heritage. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  13. ^ Caine, Valerie (16 March 2020). "Isle of Man: William Hoggatt Work Exhibited at Manx Museum". Transceltic. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  14. ^ Frank Whitway race image race number #41 at Bray Hill Retrieved 16 September 2021
  15. ^ Suzuki and Manx National Heritage special summer exhibition, 28 May 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2021
  16. ^ a b "Doubts over museum's statistics on visitors". IOM Today. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 54°09′16″N 4°28′55″W / 54.15445°N 4.48187°W / 54.15445; -4.48187