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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 is across 2 sites and consists of the Boat Shed and the Gallery. 

The Boat Shed in Cowes (West) has an impressive collection of nearly 90 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 photographs.

Visiting Us

The Gallery, East Cowes 


The Boat Shed, Cowes 


Opening Times 

The Gallery is NOW open Tuesdays and Fridays 10am till 4pm (last entry is at 3.15pm).

Opening Times 

The Boat Shed is now closed and will reopen on the 31st March 2023

Additional opening times to be announced shortly

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