Guernsey Museum at Candie
Guernsey Museum at Candie is now open, post lockdown, along with Café Victoria. The opening hours are 10.00-16.00, Thursday - Sunday.
If you have purchased your Discovery Pass since 1.10.2019, it will be extended until 31.12.2021.
£6.50 - Adults
£2.00 - Children (under 18) & students (with valid student card)
FREE - Children under 7 years
£18 per adult for 12 months unlimited* access to ALL FOUR SITES with our Discovery Pass (<-click for details). All accompanying children then go FREE!
*during normal seasonal opening hours
Guernsey Museum can be enjoyed by people of limited mobility, including wheelchair users.
If a person with a disability is accompanied by an essential companion, both can be admitted for the price of a single adult ticket.
Visitors with special needs will find access guides and a route plan from the Information Centre to the Museum on the AccessAble website - click to be directed to it here.
Assistance dogs are welcome at Guernsey Museum but pets are not permitted. Dogs may be walked on leads in the surrounding gardens.
Holders of disabled permits may park in certain areas of the grounds (to arrange this call 01481 726518).
Exhibitions in 2020
Main Museum Galleries :
Early People of Guernsey features recent archaeological discoveries and gives fresh insight into the 'story' of Guernsey.
Collecting the World area displays some of the most exotic and beautiful objects from the Museum's extensive reserve collections.
Folklore of Guernsey section features original objects, stunning artworks by West Country artist David Wyatt and figures by H&H Sculptors. Interactive audio points will allow visitors to hear Guernsey folk tales in English and Guernesiais.
Guernsey Language is represented with a listening area where you can hear poems and phrases in Guernesiais (pron. JEHR-nehz-yay).
The Rona Cole Art Gallery featuring over 200 artworks, many of which are in banks of drawers to allow visitors to view works often too sensitive to stay out in the light. For a limited time only, Resurrection by Damien Hirst and The Music of the Mountains by Glenn Brown have been loaned to us thanks to a private lender.
Brian White Gallery :
Home of our changing temporary exhibition programme:
- 31 Jan - 22 Mar - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, on loan from the Natural History Museum, London
- 27 Mar - 13 Sept - Hidden Natural World, photomicrography (photography using microscopes) by Michael Crutchley
- 25 Sept - 8 Nov - Looking for Love, photography by Alec Sloth as part of the Guernsey Photography Festival
- 12 Nov - 31 Dec - Artist in Residence, photography by Sian Davey as part of the Guernsey Photography Festival
the greenhouse Art Gallery :
The dedicated art gallery of the Guernsey Arts Commission also shows a rolling programme of contemporary locally-inspired exhibitions throughout the year.
- 31 Jan - 22 Mar - 7 Nocturnes East by Flexagon, soundscapes inspired by Guernsey's environmental sounds and visual responses by 7 artists
- 27 Mar - 17 May - In Living Memory by Olympia McEwan, a community collaboration to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Occupation's end.
- 22 May - 19 July - Brush Marks Heaven & Earth by Jonathon Skelton, paintings of land, sea and music.
- 24 July - 20 Sept - Student Exhibition, a celebration of new and upcoming talent from the Island's Final Year Art Students.
- 25 Sept - 8 Nov - Acts of Love & Rebellion, a Guernsey Photography Festival 10th anniversary exhibition curated to this theme by Tim Clark.
- 13 Nov - 31 Dec - Faces by Sheryl Lee Hester, 'Painting faces both realistic and abstract ... I hope you will find my most recent work bold and beautiful!'
Family Activities & The Discovery Room :
The Discovery Room is a space dedicated to hands-on learning; visitors of all ages can enjoy retro games and traditional toys as well as check out our Cabinets of Curiosities for this year's display.
Trails and activity sheets for the exhibitions can be collected from here to allow a deeper interaction with our galleries.
This room also features our Time Warp, which changes each year to a different time period or theme for immersive interactive play and learning. The theme for 2020 is a secret code room, inspired by Bletchley Park and some famous cryptic cyphers. Don't forget to pick up a code from the Front Desk and have a go at cracking it with our very own Enigma-style Machine!
Why not also explore Candie Gardens itself? Look at the colourful flower beds, count the fish in the pond and run around on the grass to get the most out of your day.
The Surrounding Area:
This café shares a building with Guernsey Museum but can be accessed without paying admission.
Nearby and only 99 steps up, visitors can get a panoramic view out across St Peter Port from the outside viewing balcony.
Guernsey Museums is in the top-end of Candie Gardens. Here you can find Victorian Flower Garden design, ponds, the statues of Queen Victoria and Victor Hugo, some of the oldest greenhouses in the UK and a wide variety of plant life from all over the world.
The headquarters of La Société can be found inside the Guernsey Museum building.
This local history library is in the building next door, just beyond Queen Victoria's statue at the top of the gardens.
DID YOU KNOW? The Guernsey Museum building opened in 1978 to combine the collections of three former island museums. It was purpose-built, cleverly including the Victorian bandstand into the design and is an accredited attraction under both Guernsey and UK schemes
Guernsey Museum is located in Candie Gardens, ten minutes uphill walk from the St Peter Port seafront and three minutes from the bus stop in St Julian's Avenue for services 41, 42, 61, 62, 71 and 81. View map...
Guernsey Museum is on Google Streetview. View here
Parking is available at Monument Gardens ('the Odeon' - 5 mins walk) and Beau Sejour (7 mins walk).
A bus bay is directly outside the gate for coaches and vehicles must not drive into/park inside the gardens unless arranged in advance (01481 726518) for access reasons.