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Museum nan Eilean

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Museum nan Eilean

Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway, is closed for a major redevelopment project.

What are we creating?

A new museum and archive will create a major visitor destination and a gateway to the Gaelic-rich cultural heritage of the Islands.  Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle it will open mid-July 2016

New Museum (1)

Exciting new galleries will look at the stories of the Islands and Islanders.  Visitors will be able to

  • 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.

Our plan is to create a 21st Century museum and archive with activity and event spaces, and better facilities for schools.  A dedicated research space will mean you can study our collections and archive records.  A shop and café and 600 acres of the beautiful Castle Grounds to explore, the new museum and archive will provide a great day out for all the family.

New Museum (2)

Who are we working with?

Museum and Archive staff are busy working with communities, audiences and our heritage partners to create the content that goes into the museum and archive.

National Museums Scotland and the British Museum are supporting the development.  Visitors will see internationally significant objects in a new and different setting, including the major long term loan of six Lewis Chessmen from the British Museum.

How can you get involved?

You won’t have to wait until the building is finished to see what’s going on – look out for open days and activity days.   The next two years will see museum and archive staff at work in the Stornoway museum, testing installations and displays with audiences. The galleries will also become an activity centre for developing new learning programmes with visitors of all ages.

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.

We also have a regular e-bulletin that offers a round up of some of the stuff we get up to across the Heritage Service

Naidheachd Dualchais - December 2015

Naidheachd Dualchais - April 2015

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). 


Herritage Lottery Fund

Eòrpa agus Alba Scottish Government Bòrd na Gaidhlig

Historic Scotland