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“Trip down memory lane” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum
Albany Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA, England
01983 290006
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in East Cowes
Type: Specialty Museums
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Owner description: The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a fascinating exhibition. Covering many aspects of maritime heritage over the past century or so, our displays relate to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and much more. All exhibits are under cover and on one ground floor level. Free adjacent parking. Refreshments. Shop.
London, United Kingdom
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“Trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

The museum has early examples of some of the boats I have sailed, plus an interesting collection of other types of boats including a rare example of the Uffa Fox life boat that was dropped from aircraft to ditched air crew in WW11 plus marine artifacts, including navigation materials, Fascinating!!

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“If you like historic boats......this is the place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2009

Not the easiest place to find on a first visit but very worthwhile if you like historic boats.

Tucked away on the Medina River in Newport the Museum IS signposted but only once as far as we could see and that if you are heading up towards East Cowes. Coming down from East Cowes we did not see any sign. However the eventual finding was well worth it even lateish on a Saturday in November. A great collection of mostly working (ie floatable and mechanically operative) boats including a brilliantly restored Flying lifeboat from WW2 and as many proper wood built dingeys as anyone could want to see and some speed boats that despite their age, quite take your breath away.

Great fund of knowledge from staff on duty their and great skills are being preserved in the restoration shed adjacent to the museum.

GREAT value entrance fee and the Friends of the Museum Annual fee at £10 is less than it should be for all the work being done there.

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