Discover the Classic Boat Museum 

Situated in Cowes and East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the Classic Boat Museum has been telling visitors its wonderful maritime story since 1996.

The Museum consists of the Boat Shed and the Gallery. 

The Boat Shed in Cowes (West) has an impressive collection of over 85 boats, from classic yachts, motorboats, and lifeboats to Sir Ben Ainslie's 2017 Americas Cup test boat BAR T1. 


The Gallery in East Cowes has an extensive collection of maritime artefacts, boat models and photographic glass plates.

We are looking forward to your visit when we are sure you will enjoy, learn and come to understand the quintessential Cowes story told through its maritime heritage. 

Opening times 


The Gallery, East Cowes

The Gallery will reopen on the 14th February

The Boat Shed, Cowes (West)

Closed for Winter

Reopening 22nd March 2022

Admission prices

The Gallery & Boat Shed joint ticket

Adults £11, Child* £8, Family** £28

Single site ticket

Adults £6.50, Child* £5, Family** £18

We only accept Debit or Credit cards not cash


*5-16 years **2 adults and up to 3 children.

When a joint site ticket is purchased, entry is valid for 30 days.

Getting here

The Boat Shed

117a Medina Yard, Thetis Road

Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7DJ ​

The Gallery

Columbine Building, Columbine Road

East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ