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What's On


We have an amazing New America’s Cup exhibition, 170 Years of the America's Cup which showcases foiling. 

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The Solent and Other Waters, an exhibition of fine art paintings by the exceptional Island-based artist, Anna Keen


Blanche Coules Thornycroft Inspires Young People through Science and Art - a collaborative project between the museum, Independent Arts, the artist Lauren Fry and Queensgate Primary School


This year we are celebrating the Bicentenary of the RNLI with a new Survival at Sea Trail, connecting the 8 lifeboats in our collection. Come and test your knowledge of these fascinating boats!

Introducing our new Dinghy Simulator - Come and enjoy sailing and never get cold and wet!



Especially for the young and young at heart, a virtual sailing experience, which has been part-funded with a grant of £9,900 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Dinghy Simulator is a cockpit of a sailing dinghy connected to a computer and a pneumatic ram. Cruise or race around the buoys. Control the boat with the main sheet, the tiller, and your weight position. Choose the type of boat you sail and set the wind speed and direction. It’s a great way of learning if you’re just starting out, it comes with a special seat for disabled sailors, and a challenge can be set for experienced dinghy sailors as well. The simulator imparts the sheer thrill of sailing and teaches important skills in thinking ahead and minimising risk.

It will be a key part of the museum’s new education programme, developed with the support of the Isle of Wight Heritage Services. Students and visitors alike will enjoy the virtual experience of operating the simulator together with viewing boats, models, artefacts, paintings and photographs, all which display the Island’s rich maritime history.


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