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.

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.