Museum nan Eilean (Stornoway)

Museum nan Eilean (Lews Castle ) will reopen to the public on Tuesday 15 June.  We have introduced a booking system to ensure that we can safely manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. Please book a timed entry ticket online in advance of your visit. Please pre-book an entry ticket through Eventbrite (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).  There will also be limited entry on the door.

(Visiting Safely)

Opening Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

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.

Museum nan Eilean on Facebook (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


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