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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
+44 1983 717435
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GOOD IDEA BUT POOR LOCATION

The postcards and artworks of Donald McGill deserve to be commemorated in a proper gallery but a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MYDOGISFINN
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
Ryde

A very unique set of exhibitions, Donald McGill postcard archive has all of his saucy postcards on... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Gordon D
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London, United Kingdom
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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 and everyone, his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation as he witnessed the years as they rolled through the 20th century.
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Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stumbled across this combined museum at the bottom of a lovely arcade off Union Street having always wondered about the dusty old shop on the promenade saying it had been raide back in 1953 because of tge Donald McGill postcards. The museum, run by...More

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