July 9, 2018

Opening on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-4pm the museum provides visitors with a voyage of discovery mapping out the history of the Isle of Wight and Cowes through its marine heritage.

July 2, 2018

A new 'round the UK' sailing documentary staring John Seargant and Michael Burke made a visit to Cowes in late June and it became a perfect opportunity for the Cowes Classic Museum's Rosabelle to become a star for the day.

In glorious sunny weather the film makers wante...

June 22, 2018

Rosabelle, the launch used by Frank Beken of Cowes to photograph yachting in the Solent in the 1920's and 30's, was launched this week. The Classic Boat museum in Cowes restored her in 2004/5.

May 9, 2018

The museum has been featured with an in-depth interview with Mark Mc Neill  in Classic Boat Magazine's June issue;  http://www.classicboat.co.uk .

In the article Mark discusses the museum's heritage and implicit  connections with the marine history of Cow...

February 24, 2018

The Classic Boat Museum is proud to be part of ‘Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes’, a new initiative supported by Arts Council England. ‘Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes’

February 6, 2018

Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup Challenger and team to bring the Cup home, have donated their first test boat ‘T1 a foiling AC45 catamaran helmed by Team Principal and Skipper, Ben Ainslie, to the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes.  The museum took delivery of the...

January 23, 2018

The Classic Boat Museum, in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for “WW1 Isle of Innovation”, a project to explore the heritage that came from the innovations in maritime and aviation industries during the First World W...

December 11, 2017

...COLLIWOBBLE  arrives at the museum

A recent arrival on our powerboat scene is small - but powerful. 

Colliwobble is a 1962 Class B Sport Utility race boat, a popular class over 30 years from the 1930’s, especially in the USA.  Built in plywood, she featured strongly...

November 14, 2017

We are very pleased to report that Coweslip, is now on display alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.

The 15 foot, two-person keelboat is on loan to the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and is now on display in Edinburgh for visitors to enjoy. Designed and built b...

October 12, 2017

... and we need your help to project the right image at the New Boat Yard in West Cowes

Dear Friends, 

The Classic Boat museum’s new Boat Yard at Medina Village is almost ready to open to the public. It’s a fantastic space providing the museum with the opportunity to dis...

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East Cowes Gallery


Columbine Building

Columbine Road

East Cowes

PO32 6EZ


Tel.  01983 244101

Cowes (West) Boat Museum and Restorations workshop


117a Medina Yard

Thetis Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7DJ


Classic Boat Restorations Registered in England

No. 4083685

The Classic Boat Centre Trust

Registered Office

36 Castle Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7QZ

Registered in England No.


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