Start your visit with a free viewing of the 'Story of Jersey' film. Take in our free exhibits on the ground floor and relax and unwind with a coffee at the Museum Courtyard Bar and Bistro with free wifi.
Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Victorian House presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people arrived in Jersey and continues through the centuries to explore the factors that have shaped this unique island and the people who live here. Find out about Jersey’s link with the English Crown despite being so close to France; listen to Jèrriais (Jersey-French) being spoken; learn about the island's traditional farming industry and watch fascinating archive footage of the early years of tourism.
Step inside the beautifully restored Victorian House and enter the drama of a Victorian family in crisis. On the evening of 27th August 1869, a momentous decision was taken by the family that lived at No 9 Pier Road. Dr Charles Ginestet persuaded his wife Jeanne that they should abandon their beautiful home and flee to France to start a new life. They would be leaving behind friends and family but also a nightmare of debts and legal proceeding.