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We showcase the historic development of yachts, dinghies and powerboats, and the many technological innovations that took place on the Isle of Wight.


We exhibit restored boats and associated artefacts, with records of the part played in their construction and design by companies and people of the Isle of Wight in particular.


The Gallery is situated in the Columbine Building, the former Saunders & Roe factory - an amazing example of 1930’s industrial architecture. It reveals our fascination with the sea. The oceans have inspired artists, craftsman and designers alike. We have amassed a vast collection of maritime memorabilia which reflect all aspects of being on the water, from workboats, to pleasure craft and racing vessels.

The Boat Shed in the Medina Yard shows the importance of preserving our maritime heritage through the meticulous restoration of classical keelboats dinghies and powerboats. We house nearly 90 vessels telling the impressive story of the Isle of Wight’s maritime history. We hope you will enjoy discovering the history, the people and the spirit of the Island through its very special maritime heritage.

Past Exhibitions

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