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THE MUSEUM IS MOVING - THE BOAT COLLECTION IS NOT ACCESSIBLE BUT WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN SOON - for all other archives and photographic collections, they can be seen in the Gallery, on Colombine Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA.

Opening times

The Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,
10am to 4pm,
last entries 3.15pm

Admission charges

Museum Gallery including models, archives and other information:
Adults, £2; Children, £1

Museum Classic Boat Collection:




Classic Boat Museum interior

The Classic Boat Museum

Please note, we are moving to a new location and while our Museum Gallery is open, our Museum Collection of classic boats is temporarily unavailable

The Classic Boat Museum’s collection of over 50 boats has recently been moved from their former East Cowes premises to a large new site across the River Medina in Cowes. These new premises are not yet open to the general public, but our volunteers will be working hard during the summer to prepare new displays. We are sorry for any disappointment of our visitors in not being able to view the boats at present – we are still collecting the rare and the unusual, and planning further events.

Meanwhile, however, the Gallery section of the Museum is still open in East Cowes and is still presenting its amazing collection of models, film, trophies, photos, books and other items which surprise all our visitors by the range and variety of what we have collected of yachting history, both local and internationally. Bookshop and coffee shop.

The museum is a registered charity that relies on the goodwill and support of volunteers and generous donors. If you would like to help continue to preserve our maritime heritage, please contact us at the email address below.

Classic Rosabelle


THE Classic Boat Museum’s beautifully restored launch Rosabelle - once the boat from which Frank Beken took classic photos in the 20’s and 30’s – has spent the summer in Cowes Yacht Haven marina, thanks to the generosity of their Board, and has attracted a lot of interest there.

On Saturday she went to sea to accompany the ‘sail past’ off the Royal Yacht Squadron of large numbers of those classic yachts which had been enjoying such good racing for the last week.

On board Rosabelle were a replica of the original huge Beken camera and even a ‘replica’ of dear Frank Beken – or at least a volunteer who looks like him, moustache, bow tie and all.