Located in Candie Gardens, a late 19th century pleasure garden in St Peter Port (Guernsey's main urban area), this is the headquarters of the museum service. When it was opened in 1978, it was one of very few purpose-built post-war museums in Britain. The design cleverly incorporates a cast iron bandstand from the garden into the structure and won a (British) Museum of the Year Award in 1979.
The present permanent displays interpreting the natural and human history of the island have been augmented by a new (2012) permanent art gallery. The art gallery replaces a section which previously showcased the varied historic collections upon which the museum was founded. The building also houses our main temporary exhibition space - the Brian White Gallery. There is also an audio-visual/lecture theatre (shared with La Société Guernesiaise) and a shop selling a range of publications and souvenirs. Café Victoria, located in the bandstand itself, serves light meals and refreshments in a setting with a wonderful view over the islands.
We are now well advanced with a programme of changes to the facilities at Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery which will ultimately see the main permanent displays renewed. Progress thus far includes the creation of a Discovery Room for activities and the creation of a new permanent art gallery. Like the smaller space it replaces, the new art gallery bears the name of the late Rona Cole, first director of the museum service. The new Discovery Room replaces the Lukis Room, as a flexible use area and site of hands-on activities for all ages. It also contains a 'Cabinet of Curiosities' display drawing on some of the museum's historic collections.
Open daily 10.00 - 17.00 hr., (closes at 16.00 hr. 1 November - 26 March.) closed 25th
December and for most of January.
Visitors with disabilities may like to consult our Disabled Access leaflet
Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery is an accredited visitor attraction in both Guernsey and UK schemes:
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