Our Collections

Our collections put you in touch with the Island, it’s environment, it’s history, and people. Centuries of paintings, costumes, objects and archaeological finds reveal what makes the Isle of Man special.


Highlights include our Viking treasure and its association with the Island’s archaeological sites.  Another is our collection of First and Second World War internment artefacts.  The National Art collection contains the work of Archibald Knox, art nouveau artist and designer for Liberty & Co.  Our natural history collections give you access to the Island’s diverse landscape, seascape and wildlife.

The National Library & Archives brings documentary focus to the Island’s many histories and stories.  From the political life of Tynwald, to personal letters and diaries.  The vast collection of books and manuscripts is the largest of its kind about the Isle of Man.

The National Photographic, Film and Sound Archive contains some of the earliest images of the Island and recordings of native Manx Gaelic speakers.

You can research the Island’s history through its written record from start to present day in the Manx Museum Reading Room.

The iMuseum is home to our digitised collections and can be viewed online at www.imuseum.im. You can search all of the Manx newspapers from 1792 to 1960, the TT and MGP database, your family tree, war memorials, census records, general histories and photographs.  All available at the click of a button.