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Situated at the heart of the Isle of Man's ancient capital, Castletown, this impressive limestone fortress was the seat of the former Kings and Lords of Mann, with the castle's oldest parts dating to the time of Magnus, last Norse King of Mann, who died in 1265. Later the castle served as an administrative centre, a mint, a law court, and for over 100 years until the late 19th century, as a prison. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings, wall hangings, realistic food, contemporary music and speech brining the castle's medieval and 17th century periods to life.
Grove, The: Museum of Victorian Life
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Originally developed as the summer retreat for a wealthy Victorian merchant, The Grove tells the story of the Gibbs - a wealthy Victorian family in the Isle of Man. The period rooms in this modest sized Victorian villa display sumptuous original furnishings, costumes and a wealth of accumulated possessions, while the small complex of outbuildings shows the early farm vehicles and equipment that would have been used.
House of Manannan
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The mythological sea god, Manannan, guides you through the island's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past, over 2000 years of unique Manx heritage. Step inside splendid reconstructions of a Manx Celtic roundhouse and a Viking longhouse.
Manx Aviation & Military Museum
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The museum is dedicated to the Manx men and women who served their island in the cause of freedom; to those people of other nations who were brought to our shores by wartime service and to all those who, in war and peace, have lost their lives in the Isle of Man in aviation accidents.
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The island's treasure house provides an exciting introduction to the 'story of Mann' where a specially produced film portrayal of Manx history compliments the award winning displays. Galleries depict natural history, archaeology and social development of the island.
National Folk Museum at Cregneash, The
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Cregneash is the living, working illustration of 19th and 20th century Manx crofting life. Visitors can see traditional farming methods and skills in action, including the fields being worked with horse-drawn equipment, the processing of Manx loghtan wool, and woodturning in the Turner's Shed.
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Home of George Quayle's 18th century armed yacht 'The Peggy', this fascinating building perserves Quayle's mysterious architectural designs, and houses a replica sailmaker's loft. In the fishing gallery, you'll find a collection of boat models, equipment and photographs which reflect the importance of the Manx fishing industry.