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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

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Need lots of time if you want to read all the postcards

We stumbled across the museum by accident as we were looking at vintage and bric a brac shops. The... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Always good for a giggle

I have always loved these cards and there is quite a good selection here. Why did they ever go... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2016
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Our museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating comic artworks for the then thriving postcard industry. Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962.You will find that Donald's Cards will depict anything...more
Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

We wanted to see The Donald McGill poscards and when we entered there we noticed that there was also a nother mueum where was lot of old fotogarphs and items of IOW history. The Donald Mcgill museum was full of his postcards. You can even...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Zeibii
Reviewed 10 May 2018

The postcards and artworks of Donald McGill deserve to be commemorated in a proper gallery but a musty basement in a run down town is not what they deserve. The museum does what it can to display the cards but many are in glass cabinets...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 15 September 2017

A very unique set of exhibitions, Donald McGill postcard archive has all of his saucy postcards on view covering the walls and ceilings, there is also exhibits of the Isle of Wight at war, and its history through the ages and a new exhibit coming...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gordon D
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is a great place to look back into the past. I discovered the Arcade by chance and found this museum. There are all sorts of items from the past which I enjoyed perusing. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is a fantastic museum dedicated to the much loved Donald McGill. The collection of his work and the story of his life is well presented. My problem I could not read and see the cards which covered the ceiling and the cards low down...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank kevin d
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I have known about the art of Donald McGill for many years but was not aware of this collection until looking for things to do on my short visit to Ryde. Donald McGill was the master of saucy seaside postcards, a number of which were...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank NB1957
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Even if you didn't know who he was, you'd be impressed by the scale of McGill's work. It's a fairly new museum but already there is lots of material on display including the infamous banned postcards. Staff are enthusiastic & knowledgeable and there's a great...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

We stumbled across the museum by accident as we were looking at vintage and bric a brac shops. The two gentlemen were very helpful in explaining the museum to us. There are literally thousands of postcards to see and the ryde museum is joined to...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank colgmar51
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I have always loved these cards and there is quite a good selection here. Why did they ever go? takes you back to a happier and less restricted time

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank underwood683
Reviewed 7 August 2016

nice arcade with historic memoribeliba shops but they seem to shut at 4!! so get there early including the coffee shop

Date of experience: August 2016
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£3 for adults, accompanied u-16s free