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Opening Times

The Gallery, East Cowes

The Gallery is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

The Boat Shed, Cowes (West)

The Boat Shed is now closed and will reopen on the

29 March 2024

Admission Prices

The Gallery & Boat Shed joint ticket

Adults £9, accompanied Children Free 


Single site ticket

Adults £5, accompanied Children Free 


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

Getting Here

Our two sites are situated either side of the Medina River, both are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, car and public transport.  The Cowes floating bridge that transports people and vehicles across the river, linking the two sides of Cowes is situated within walking distance of both the Gallery and the Boat Shed.

The Boat Shed

117a Medina Yard, Thetis Road

Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7DJ

01983 280723

By Car

The Gallery

Columbine Building, Columbine Road,

East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ

01983 244101

By Bus

Take the Number 1 (via the Park & Ride) from Newport and alight at Arctic Road, cross into Arctic Road, left on to Bridge Street, then follow the sign for the Classic Boat Museum

Take the Number 5 from Newport and alight at East Cowes Waitrose, follow the signs for the Classic Boat Museum


Getting here

Facilities and Accessibility


There is ample parking at the Boat Shed in the Medina Yard.

There is 2-hour blue zone parking located close to the Gallery.


Toilets are located in The Gallery.  

Limited Toilet facilities are available at The Boat Shed


Cloakrooms and luggage

We do not have a cloakroom at either of our sites, but we do have a space where coats and bags can be left. Any property left here is at the owner's risk.  


Dog friendly

We welcome well behaved dogs on leads.


Food and Drink

We are very sorry, but food and drink are not permitted in either the Gallery or the Boat Shed. Please join us in protecting our exhibits from harm. 


Basic refreshments are available at The Gallery for visitors with Coffee, Tea, Cold drinks and snacks.


Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome all visitors, particularly diverse audiences including those without prior knowledge of sailing. We want to share our maritime history with all. 


Both sites are accessible to disabled visitors. Our exhibits have audio and visual material and there are QR codes for some displays. We also provide large print brochures.

Facilities and Accessibility
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