The Sark Museum is an authentic experience of Sark’s wide history spanning several centuries, with two not-to-be-missed museums in one! The museum houses an eclectic mix of Sark cultural and heritage memorabilia, from historic photos of rural Sark and its buildings of interest, to details of the attempted takeover of the island in 1990(!) – this is especially loved by kids. It also boasts a popular and important collection of World War II memorabilia, capturing the island’s unique and challenging war experience as shared by the islanders, British and German people at this time. Visitors often comment on the personal nature and human aspect of this collection in particular. Rare reprints of local wartime resistance newsletters are also available to read, in addition to many interesting books about Sark’s unique wartime history which are available to purchase.
The museum building is not quite medieval, but sufficiently significant to be included in the Channel Island Houses book by architectural historian John McCormack. Come into the courtyard to admire the well tucked into the hollow of the cottage, and probably the equivalent of indoor plumbing back then! It later became the island’s telephone exchange and now houses two distinct collections.
Look out for the photos of what rural life on Sark was like not that long ago, with information about buildings of significant historical interest and quite a few royal visits. The heritage collection of lifestyle and cultural implements includes several quirky examples unique to Sark, and you can find out about the attempted takeover of the island in 1990 (yes, seriously!)
The collection of memorabilia from the World War II period reflects a common war experience shared by the islanders, British and Germans peoples – a mutual recognition of an unavoidable situation and how people made the best of difficult circumstances. With the objective of making the Channel Islands a ‘model Occupation’, Sark especially became a relatively safe haven of brief rest and respite.
The museum operates on a voluntary best-effort basis. Their opening times for the season are from 2-4.30pm, closing Friday and Saturday at 5:30 pm*.
*Occasionally they will open earlier for large groups and dreary weather. Look for the Sark Museum sign with ‘Will Return’ time at the Collinette crossroads just past the horse and cart carriages. This is also posted at the museum entrance. If the museum is closed please contact Sark Tourism to see if a visit can be arranged
Turn right at the Harbour Hill crossroads and the museum is located on your left after a short five-minute walk.
Tel: 01481 832345