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The Classic Boat Museum

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Right underneath the dirty great crane by the water!!

Absolutely worth a visit but yes, it’s hard to find, made somewhat more confusing by the fact that... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2019
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Confusing but when you find the boat collection you are in for a treat

Like others and someone I was speaking to I went to East Cowes expecting to see the boats. In East... read more

Reviewed May 19, 2019
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Albany Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA, England
+44 1983 244101
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed February 5, 2019

They have gathered a collection which relates much of the story of boat-building in Cowes, and have presented the exhibits to tell that story with great imagination. The Gallery layout is well designed and is housed in the Saunders-Roe building. There is a lot of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sheila B
Reviewed December 16, 2018

couldn't find it at first in East cowes near the chain ferry. Asked several people before we found someone who gave directions.. Opens on Tuesday in December. We were the first visitors that day. Some of the Tripadvisor reviews before August are describing the museum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank norman w
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Just the most interesting place I have been for a long time! The volunteers are so interested in all they have to show. The Museum is set to become one of the best collections of dinghies in the UK. Uffa rocks!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bob j
Reviewed August 18, 2018

I visited the recently opened Boat House which is part of the Classic Boat Museum but is situated on the west bank of the Medina, the opposite side to the museum. The whole area is bleak and basic, but once inside the enormous shack which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank OffshoreAlan
Reviewed August 9, 2018

It is well worth crossing over to East Cowes to visit this superb maritime museum. It consists of two large galleries which cover many aspects of Cowes rich maritime history. Plenty of exhibits about the history of the hovercraft, Uffa Fox and his sailing dinghies,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely little place, stuffed with lots of different items, giving a lovely history, with some heroes of the water highlighted. The staff present were helpful, knowledgeable, and keen to help, answering questions, and assisting in helping us get the most from our...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AuntDi61
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Good for half an hours look round. Both the galleries are worth a look but the bigger section with the real boats is work in progress. There is some real history here and it’s good to see people making an effort. IF ONLY THEY HAD...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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September 2, 2018|
Response from AuntDi61 | Reviewed this property |
Well when we went they did allow us to take dog in, under control on lead, not exactly dog friendly, but on that occasion dog tolerant!!
Paul K
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Agreed, the website is updated quite regularly.