Museum nan Eilean

Exterior of a grey stone building with a sign reading Museum nan Eilean

Museum nan Eilean was established in 1983 by Comhairle nan Eilean, the Western Isles Islands Council, as it was then, to provide the first professional museum service for the Western Isles. Its Stornoway museum opened in 1984 in accommodation in the Town Hall.

In 1995, it moved into its present home, following an extensive programme of works to convert the building into a museum. This building originally served as the Secondary Department of the Nicolson Institute and first opened its doors to pupils in 1898.

The museum holds collections of objects, photographs, prints and paintings and archives illustrating the archaeology, social, domestic and economic history of the islands.

We are in the middle of an exciting HLF funded project to transform and relocate the Museum and Archive service. The exhibition galleries are currently closed to the public while staff work on preparing the new exhibitions and we will re-open in 2015 as part of the newly refurbished Lews Castle. Staff are still available to provide learning activities and to answer enquiries.

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The exhibition galleries are closed to the public until 2015 while we work on the new exhibitions. Please e-mail or phone if you have any enquiries.

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  • 13 May 2016 3-6pm
  • 14 May 2016 1-4pm

You are cordially invited to an evening of murder most horrid set on not just one but two Isles, in Stornoway and Benbecula. And what better setting for murder than their stunning landscape of beach, machair and woodland. Not for the faint hearted, this evening of intrigue will run simultaneously across the two islands, presented in both Gaelic and English, it will weave local traditional themes, folklore, ghost stories and smugglers as well as historical murders. You'll need to do your best Sherlock Holmes impression if you want to solve this one and make it out alive!


£3.00 per person


Museum nan Eilean
Francis Street
Isle of Lewis




01851 822746

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