The new Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean offers an interactive explanation of the history and culture of the Outer Hebrides alongside a stunning exhibition of unique objects dating from prehistory to the present day, as well as a public archive.
Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean is an exciting new museum and public archive in the leafy grounds of Lews Castle, in a building inspired by the former glasshouses on the same site.
The museum introduces life in the Outer Hebrides from prehistory to the present day with a range of Gaelic-led exhibitions including significant archaeological finds from National Museum Scotland.
Six of the famous Lewis Chessmen have returned to the island of their 1831 discovery, on longterm loan from the British Museum, taking their place as centrepiece exhibits.
Visitors will hear residents of the islands talk about their unique lifestyle and culture, and take a journey across the islands in a series of dramatic videos covering landscapes from the north of Lewis all the way to Barra, filmed day and night throughout the year.
Next door, Together Travel manages Lews Castle, providing holiday accommodation as well as the Storehouse Café and Outfitters Shop. The magnificently restored ground floor of Lews Castle is also publicly accessible when not booked for private events, and includes breathtaking gothic revival decoration, ornate plaster ceilings, and delicate murals.