Guernsey Museum at Candie
Opening Times: 2017
Open daily from 27 January - 31 December 10am-4pm
(Closes at 5pm during British Summertime)
Adults - £6.50
Children (under 18) & students (with valid student card) - £2.00
Children under 7 years - free of charge
Buy a Discovery Pass and enjoy 12 months unlimited* access to all three of our sites for the great price of £18 per adult. Accompanying children go free!
Purchase one at our sites next time you visit or you can also get them from the Guernsey information Centre.
*during normal seasonal opening hours
The 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 31, 41, 42, 61, 71 and 81. View map...
Parking is available at Monument Gardens ('the Odeon' - 5 mins walk) and Beau Sejour (5 mins walk). A bus bay is directly outside the gate for coaches and holders of disabled permits may park in the grounds (arrange this call 01481 726518).
Visitors with special needs are recommended to visit the Guernsey Museum page on Disabled Go - click to be directed to it here.
Guernsey Museum is on Google Streetview. View here
What you'll find at Guernsey Museum at Candie in 2017:
The Early People of Guernsey displays recent discoveries and gives fresh insight into the story of Guernsey. The Collecting the World gallery displays some of the most exotic and beautiful objects from the Museum's extensive reserve collections. The Folklore Gallery is under construction and we hope to have this completed by the end of 2017.
The Brian White Gallery
The home of Guernsey Museum's temporary exhibitions. Our rolling programme in 2017 is:
- 27 Jan - 12 Mar - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 - breathtaking images for all the family, on loan from the Natural History Museum, London
- 17 Mar - 14 May - Face On - portraits from the Museum's collection
- 26 May - 10 Sep - Unseen World - a glimpse of Edwardian life in Guernsey, captured by photographer F.W. Guerin
- 22 Sep - 31 Dec - Engage Warp Drive! - a look at sci-fi, from the 1950s to the present day
The Rona Cole Art Gallery
Featuring several of the most prestigious paintings in the museum's collection and including 'The People's Choice' selected by Islanders and our artist-in-residence project exhibiting a recent work by a local artist. The gallery is a small space used to great efficiency to house over 200 artworks, many of which are in banks of drawers inviting visitors to inspect works often too sensitive to bring out into the light.
The Discovery Room
A space for visitors of all ages to explore old fashioned games, books and the 'Cabinet of Curiosities' which displays some of the more unusual objects from the Museum's collection. The whole family can also enjoy hands-on activities from the past and dressing up in the Time Warp, which changes every year.
The Timewarp theme for 2017 is an archaeology camp and Egyptian tomb.
The dedicated art gallery of the Guernsey Arts Commission also shows a rolling programme of contemporary locally inspired exhibitions throughout the year.
Gifts and Café Victoria
Our gift shop stocks a wide range of specially chosen souvenirs, local crafts gifts for children and books on popular local themes.
Our on-site café is housed in the original Victorian band-stand offering scenic views of the Victorian gardens and St Peter Port harbour for you to marvel at whilst enjoying tea and cake or light meals prepared freshly on site.
Victoria Tower stands close by, up a small road alongside Candie Cemetery. The key to the tower can be borrowed from Guernsey Museum between 10am and 4pm and visitors can climb the 99 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy incredible views around St Peter Port's town.
Guernsey Museums stands at the top end of the magnificent Candie gardens. Visitors can discover a wide variety of plants from all over the world in this stunning garden with striking geometric designs, an array of interesting trees for shade and ponds for quiet reflection. The statues of Queen Victoria and Victor Hugo stand in the gardens near the museum building which also houses the headquarters of La Société Guernesiaise. The Priaulx Library stands next door at the top of the Gardens.
The Museum opened in 1978 to combine the collections of three former island museums. It was purpose-built, cleverly including a Victorian bandstand into the design. In 1979 it won a Museum of the Year award and is an accredited attraction under both Guernsey and UK schemes.
Is there anything for children & families?
We believe that Guernsey Museum is a great introduction to a Museum: it is large enough to experience different galleries but small enough to 'pop in'. It also features:
- The Discovery Room, a dedicated hands-on learning space featuring the Cabinets of Curiosities, old-fashioned games, puzzles, hands-on activities and dressing up
- The Time Warp, an area next to the Discovery Room which is decorated as a certain period from history. The Time Warp changes every 12 months and has previously been Ebenezer Le Page's sitting room and a 2nd class cabin from RMS Titanic.
- Trails, activity sheets and spot-it picture boards for all ages
- Café and toilets in the same building, with disabled toilet and baby change facilities
- Positioned in the beautiful Candie Gardens which includes a lawn area suitable for picnics and a pond (great for spotting fishes)