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Art Galleries

Designed around the old Victorian bandstand in the restored Victorian Candie Gardens, Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery houses a variety of Exhibitions. 

‘The Story of Guernsey’ shows the development of the Island and its people. Artefacts from Victorian Collectors are displayed in a Victorian style Gallery. 
A changing programme of temporary exhibitions is held in the Rona Cole and Brian White Galleries.

The Sculpture Park & Subtropical Garden, within the grounds of Sausmarez Manor, exhibits works by more sculptors than anywhere else in Britain. Renowned award-winning jeweller, Catherine Best, displays a collection of stunning work in her studio at The Mill, a beautiful landmark building in St Martin’s.

Rich in history

Castle Cornet, Guernsey’s ancient royal fortress, has stood guard over the town and harbour of St Peter Port for nearly eight centuries. The story of the Castle and other aspects of Guernsey’s past can be found in the five museums housed within its impressive walls: The Story of Castle Cornet Museum, The Maritime Museum, The 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum, The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum and The Royal Guernsey Militia Museum.

National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum is set in stables and other outbuildings of an old country house in Guernsey’s largest park. It depicts life as it used to be in the Island around 100 years ago. Displays include domestic life, farming, fishing and seafaring, trades, the tomato industry and transport. The recently much enlarged museum also has several displays on Guernsey costume and a magnificent fully-furnished scale model of a Victorian town house.

Fort Grey is a Martello Tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey’s west coast. Many vessels have come to grief on this beautiful but treacherous coast, and the Martello Tower now houses a Shipwreck Museum with a surprising variety of objects recovered from the wrecks. The information panels tell the gripping stories surrounding the disasters which date from the HMS Sprightly in 1777 to the Vermontborg in 2003.

On 16 May 1856, Victor Hugo bought Hauteville House in Guernsey, a large white building with a garden overlooking the sea. An enthusiastic collector of secondhand furniture and bric-à-brac, he brought back a profusion of chests, sideboards, carpets, mirrors, crockery, figurines and other objects from his excursions around the island. He put his boundless imagination to work on the house, spending months overseeing a major conversion on a medieval pattern, which gave this unique building an inner force and mystery. Well preserved in its original state it offers a fascinating insight into his life and times on Guernsey.

Sausmarez Manor is another remarkable family home with a remarkable story stretching back 800 years – the stunning grounds and richly decorated interiors celebrate generations of adventurers, diplomats, privateers, admirals, generals, inventors, politicians, prelates, colonial governors and artists.

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