Wight Military and Heritage Museum
Northwood Camp, Newport Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8QU - 01983 632039
Immerse yourself in history at this family friendly museum in Northwood. Our exhibits range from the 1850s to the 2000s. Come and see our newly renovated small arms room, as well as enjoy lots of interactive opportunities, such as having your photograph taken with one of the small arms, or in the back of an armoured car. The 1940s street scene, with replica shop fronts, an Air Raid Precautions office, mechanics workshop, general stores and Sunday school room, gives an insight into civilian life during the Second World War. Other interesting items from the war include an American half-track and a huge Mighty Scammell recovery truck — and don’t miss the cold war Russian missile. There are machine guns on display from the First World War, as well as the remains of a Howitzer gun trail, which was destroyed in Iraq after being manned by a group of young men from Freshwater. Subject to weather and additional payment, you can take a ride in one of the museum’s vehicles over a cross-country track and also test your skills on the air-rifle range. Enjoy a coffee or snack in the museum café, Churchills, which is filled with memorabilia about the war-time prime minister, and make sure you pay a visit to the fully stocked gift shop. The museum is a registered charity and any profits are redistributed among military charities. Mon-Sat,10am-4pm (last admission 3pm). Adult £7, child £3, concession £4, family £19.