Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
Exhibitions & Operations Coordinator
Dimbola Museum and Galleries is housed within the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, the noted Victorian portrait photographer. Dimbola is not only where Cameron began and carried out most of her acclaimed work, but was also a centre of Victorian culture. Today Dimbola hosts the largest permanent exhibition in the UK of Cameron's work, as well as a changing programme of photography and art exhibitions.
We are open Tues-Sun 10am - 5pm from 1 March to 31 October
We are open Tues-Sun 10am - 4pm from 1 November to 28 February
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays and every day during the School Summer Holidays 10am - 5pm
Closed: Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays
Students £3.50 (With a valid NUS Card)
Children under 16 years FREE.
Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
- Museums Association
Original and/or unique photographic images, papers, cameras, books etc. relating to, associated with and illustrating the life and works of Julia Margaret Cameron, or to the life and works of the ‘Freshwater Circle’, or to the history of Dimbola Lodge.
Social History, Photography, Personalities, Literature, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- photographic exhibitions; Julia Margaret Cameron; Isle of Wight Pop Festivals, past and present; famous contemporary photogaphers (e.g. Lord Snowdon); young and up-and-coming photographers; artists
Isle of Wight Festival Exhibition
- 4 August 2011 — 4 December 2021 *on now
The first Pop Festival in 1968, which was held at Ford Farm near Godshill, featured such bands as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Fairport Convention and was organised to raise funds for a swimming pool locally in Freshwater.
This festival marked a turning point in UK music history. Two further festivals culminated in the huge 1970 event within sight and sound of Dimbola. This saw Jimi Hendrix’s last major performance and his last in the UK. Following a 32 year gap, the IOW festival was relaunched in 2002 and from then on to the present day the IOW festivals (now promoted by Solo Ltd) have been a huge success.
The display includes rare posters and photographs of these legendary festivals. One photograph in particular is a panorama from Afton Down which gives an idea of the audience of 600,000 who gathered to watch Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Taste, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell to name a few.
Outside Dimbola there is a small memorial garden with a statue of Jimi Hendrix designed by sculptor John Swindells.
- Any age
Admission fee applies
Festival 2014 by Medina College
- 28 June — 31 August 2014 *on now
This exhibition presents the vibrant and original work of photography students from Medina College, Newport, who were given the opportunity to attend and photograph the Isle of Wight Festival, held every year on the school’s grounds.
These photos capture what makes the festival so special: the unusual, unexpected and unforgettable moments.
- Family friendly
Concessions (Seniors, Students) £4.00
Heritage Open Days 2014: Dimbola Museum and Galleries
- 13 — 14 September 2014
Dimbola is the former home and work place of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Now a museum where you can find our more about Julia's work and life, see fantastic exhibitions of contemporary photography and displays of vintage cameras. There's also an exhibition dedicated to the famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival which took place on nearby Afton Down. Complete your visit by browsing the delightful shop or by enjoying a light lunch or delicious home made cake in our charming tea room.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.