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Nautical Museum

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Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 01624 648017
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Description: The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest...
The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts – the Peggy – which was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain George Quayle, died.Visit this impressive yacht in its original home where you’ll find trap doors, secret panels and a replica stern cabin in the boathouse. In the loft, you’ll find a reconstruction of a sail maker’s workshop and a fishing gallery which includes models of boats, equipment and photographs depicting the importance of the fishing industry.You’ll also hear about the exploits of Captain Quayle and his fascinating life as a politician, a banker, soldier and, it’s alleged, a smuggler! Find out more about the Peggy on the National Historic Ships Register.
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Well organized small museum

This is a small but very interesting museum in an old home and boathouse. The artifacts and history of the building and its uses are fascinating.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Keremeos, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is a small but very interesting museum in an old home and boathouse. The artifacts and history of the building and its uses are fascinating.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

It's only a small museum, but well worth a little look. The only thing missing was a ships wheel, but I am guessing it's attached to the boat that's gone for restoration. I would visit again once it has returned to the museum.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Quaint little museum, with a story of its own to tell. This little town is steeped in history and thE nautical museum does a nice job of explaining the maritime component of Castletown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

well worth a visit- no toilets - very interesting. short visit as its only a small place. staff are friendly. not too far from the castle

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Barrowford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Not a massive place, but well worth an hour of your time. It's very well presented & the history is fantastic & the story is easy to follow. The guides were very helpful & very knowledgable - we didn't have children with us but there are things that they can do & I'm sure they'd be well entertained

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Full of nautical history, excellent displays and information. Our guide was very knowledgeable on all areas of the museum.

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Isle of Man
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is one of my local museums and it's a while since I last visited. Last time I went it was a time capsule of a museum with display standards that harked back to the 1950s. However I've just re-visited and was very pleasantly surprised. The entrance area and one of the galleries have been updated very recently (June 2015).... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Lots of fun if you are unsure what to do in Castletown. Not to be confused with the Imperial War Museum, but good fun all the same.

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Onchan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Don't be put off by the quite dark entrance and foyer. This place and its custodians are brilliant. We took our young teenagers thinking they'd get bored but the chap who takes you round is very knowledgable and keeps the momentum going. An extraordinary story unfolds. Excellent!

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Deganwy, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

It was shut. Last time we came, it was a fascinating place with a smugglers' hold and a piratical little ship walled up for a century or more in the basement. Such a shame that it is shut - especially as the tourist season is now under way. There was a notice on the door (dated March) about planning permission... More 

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ManxNationalHeritage, Public Relations Manager at Nautical Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had a wasted visit. The Nautical Museum is currently undergoing refurbishment works to the entrance and gallery, and is on schedule to re-open on 27 June 2015. Thank you for alerting us to the lack of information at the site itself to explain the closure - this has now been put in place. Last... More 

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