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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a museum and galleries dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 1879) was one of the most important early photographers and is now recognised the world over as a pioneer of photography as art.

A woman ahead of her time, she was ambitious and freethinking when most Victorian women were passive and demure. She took on the challenges of handling large cameras and dangerous chemicals at a time when photography was known as ‘The Black Art’.

Ignoring conventions, she experimented with composition and focus. Today she is credited with creating the first photographic close-up portraits and influencing the subsequent Pictorialism movement with her use of diffused focus.

Her portraits of ‘famous men and fair women’, reflect her time within the Freshwater Circle, the birth of celebrity and her ambitions to be recognised as significant artist of her time.

The majority of her photographic work was created here at Dimbola where she lived from 1860 to 1875. Her work is found in major archives the world over including our own growing Permanent Collection.

Dimbola is now a museum and galleries dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron's life and work. We are also home to a permanent exhibition about the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival held nearby at Afton Down. As well as showcasing contemporary exhibitions of world renowned and up and coming photographers.

Dimbola Museum & Galleries is home to the Dimbola Tearoom, once the salon of Julia Margaret Cameron where she entertained her guests, where you can enjoy delicious homemade cakes, cream teas and light lunches.

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Listing Updated: 28/03/2021


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Listing Address

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
Isle of Wight
Isle Of Wight

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Opening Times

Tuesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm

Where are dogs allowed?

Galleries & Tearoom

Car Parking

Yes (Limited)

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