Museum of Islay Life

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Port Charlotte
Isle of Islay
PA48 7UA

    • Phone: 01496 850 358

    The Museum building is the former Free Church in Port Charlotte, and after restoration opened to the public in 1977. Since then, with the generous help of islanders donating material of all kinds, the Museum has built up a main collection of over 2700 objects as diverse as stone implements used in the Mesolithic era, Victorian and Edwardian items from the Laird's house, farming implements, everything necessary for an illicit still, relics from shipping disasters, over 1200 books, very substantial paper archives, including much unique material, and nearly 5000 photographs, some dating back more than 100 years.

    Further information

    Opening Hours:

    21 March-31 October Mon-Sat 1000-1700 Sun 1400-1700 Last entry 1630

    Upcoming events:

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    Facilities and services


    • Library with public access
    • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
    • Shop
    • Study facilities
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Wheelchair access to some public areas
    • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)


    • Activities for pre-school children
    • Adult lectures and courses held
    • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
    • Events and resources for children and families
    • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Primary school education service available
    • Secondary school education service available
    • Object identification and/or written enquiry service

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