Find us

THE Museum is spread over two sites - the boat collection can be found in Albany Road and other archives and photographic collections can be seen in the Gallery, on Colombine Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA.

Opening times

April 1 to November 1, 2015, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Last entry 3.15pm

Admission charges

Gallery: Adults, £2; Children, £1

Museum: Adults, £4; 65+, £3; children (5-16 years), £1; family, (2 adults, 2 children) £8

Combined ticket: Adults, £5; 65+, £4; children, £1.50; family, £10




Classic Boat Museum interior

Welcome to Classic Boat Museum

THE Classic Boat Museum and Gallery is an exciting and award-winning all weather attraction based on the waterside in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, offering a fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts.

Open throughout the year, displays include photographs, films, tools, artefacts, models, books and many other items associated with the history of boating and associated industry in the Solent, over the past century.

From unique trophies loaned by Dame Ellen MacArthur to classic wooden boats of international renown, there is something of interest to both children and adults.

The Museum opened its doors in 1996 with just a handful of boats and now to has more than 40 craft available for visitors to see, including Uffa Fox's WWII Airborne Lifeboat, which saved more than 200 lives, Lord Brabazon’s autogyro rigged Bembridge Redwing and a boat fit for a Prince, 'Coweslip', HRH Prince Philip's Flying Fifteen class racing dinghy.

Through its restoration projects - currently a copy of an 1872 American-style ‘Cat Boat' is being built - the museum is helping to preserve specialist maritime skills for future generations.

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.

Tools presented

THE Classic Boat Museum has present a number of contemporary woodworking tools to the soon-to-be-opened Portsmouth School of Boatbuilding at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River.

The new school will see apprentices studying, for two weeks at a time, to acquire 18th Century boatbuilding skills and arboriculture.

One of the Museum’s Trustees presented the tools, many donated by retired boatbuilders, at a reception in a new wooden building at Bucklers Hard in the hope they will encourage local young people to learn traditional skills.