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The Classic Boat Museum

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The Classic Boat Museum

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Albany Road The Boat Shed is in Cowes PO317DJ off Thetis Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA England
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nysue44 wrote a review Jan 2020
Boston, Massachusetts37 contributions12 helpful votes
We actually only managed to see the exhibitions in East Cowes but it still was an interesting place to visit. We had come over on the ferry, gone inland to have a good lunch and by the time we returned to the terminal area, it was too late to do both museums. Great fun talking with the on-duty volunteer that day. If we are in that area again, we would definitely try to go to the West Cowes section of the museum to see more boats.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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travelgang_10 wrote a review Oct 2019
Grimsby, United Kingdom261 contributions134 helpful votes
if you are interested in boats and flying boats and the history of cowes it's well worth the visit, there is a fun sink the warship game to play it made for light entertainment Knots to tie hats to try on etc
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Date of experience: October 2019
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peterkirchem wrote a review Jun 2019
London402 contributions135 helpful votes
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Absolutely worth a visit but yes, it’s hard to find, made somewhat more confusing by the fact that the exhibitions are in fact in West Cowes ... underneath the huge black crane. Imagine coming off the chain ferry in West Cowes ... take the first road left ... and then the first road left again ... then you can’t miss it. Lots of nicely restored wooden boats, some with a close connection to the Island ... interesting also is that boats are being hand restored there in front of you. Friendly people who will answer all your questions. I think there’s a cafe there as well.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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NB1957 wrote a review May 2019
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Like others and someone I was speaking to I went to East Cowes expecting to see the boats. In East Cowes there is the archive and an exhibition but the boats themselves are in West Cowes by the hammer crane. The museum is open on Tuesdays and Fridays and once you find it (please put some signs up) off Thetis Road in WEST Cowes it really is an absolutely fascinating museum. It is run by volunteers who really know what they are talking about and their insights and comments on the stunning range of craft was captivating. There is so much from a beautifully restored Thames pleasure craft to a parachute dropped rescue boat from WW2 and from a lifeboat to a "boat" sailed by Sir Ben Ainslie. The Uffa Fox boats are a real lesson in craftsmanship and are real works of art and objects of beauty. There is much ongoing restoration obviously being done with so much care and affection for the exhibits. I defy anyone, including those who think that they have no interest in boats not to be absorbed by what is on display here. I am just so glad that I was lucky enough to visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Dr_Chris_Gordon wrote a review Apr 2019
Stockport, United Kingdom80 contributions31 helpful votes
Very interesting little attraction, especially if a small boat sailor or yachtsman/woman. Lots of varied types of craft. The facility is in two different locations about 15 minutes walking distance apart. One a more formal display and another more chaotic, but none the less fascinating to sailors of any level. Well worth looking for if interested in the history of boat building in the area.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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