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Address: Albany Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 290006
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The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and...

The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a fascinating exhibition. Covering many aspects of maritime heritage over the past century or so, our displays relate to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and much more. All exhibits are under cover and on one ground floor level. Free adjacent parking. Refreshments. Shop.

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In process of moving to cowes

The museum is in the process of moving to Cowes and only the "gallery" which shows nautical artifacts, pictures, trophies etc is open. This is well worth a visit for a very small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The museum is in the process of moving to Cowes and only the "gallery" which shows nautical artifacts, pictures, trophies etc is open. This is well worth a visit for a very small entrance fee. They also sell coffee which is very useful if you are waiting for the Red Funnel ferry. I would suggest visiting their website for opening... More 

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Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The boats weren't there, but this was still £2.00 well spent. Fascinating, quirky displays (does anyone know how the WWII airborne lifeboats worked?) and lots of memorabilia from the 30's and the 'big class' racing at Cowes. Lots of period cuttings, pictures and adverts - in the early 30s a 'yachting tailor' would give 'free estimates for crew uniforms, and... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is well worth a visit. We have been twice now. The staff are very friendly and you can ask as many questions as you wish.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

A great wet weather venue ....or, if you are only in East Cowes a short time a place to visit whatever the weather, Wonderful exhibits.....lots of useful information and friendly volunteers on hand.

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East Cowes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Staffed by experienced boat people, well set out and a rare example of Enthusiast Power. Go before it all disappears, as after all the hard work, future development means it will be moving to a new home and it might be some time before such a display will be seen in its present form

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Thank roger b
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

We visited as my partner is a sailor who loves all things to do with the sea, and myself as an interested "outsider". The museum is in two parts, one is full of a wide selection of historical boats and the other has more of the stories and artefacts. Both were charming and very pleasant to wander around. I enjoyed... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

We have been to the Isle of Wight on several occasions, but this was our first visit to Cowes. The Classic Boat Museum, was the first on the list, and I'm so it was, there were boats of all description, sailing, adventure and early racing boats, but a definite must see

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Wokingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

I only had time to visit the boat display there is also a gallery collection in a different building. There is a good range of classic sailing dinghies from the 50-70s also some vintage power boats I just about had time to see all of it in under an hour. Everything was accessible you could touch the boats and take... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Very wide personal tour of the boats history yes a personal tour very interesting history of some boats. Entrance fee very good and access for disabiled is also good. Some interactive bits as well

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

Worth seeing even for non seafarers. Some interesting items on display. We only visited the boats themselves so cannot comment on the other area

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