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Sir Max Aitken Museum

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Address: 83 High Street, Cowes PO31 7AJ, England
Phone Number: 01983 292191

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Every object has a seafaring tale to tell...

You can be sure of a warm welcome at this fascinating museum, housed in a former sail loft, right on the waterfront, in this famous sailing town. Sir Max Aitken worked in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Maggie N
Ventnor, United Kingdom
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can be sure of a warm welcome at this fascinating museum, housed in a former sail loft, right on the waterfront, in this famous sailing town. Sir Max Aitken worked in the newspaper empire that his father, Lord Beaverbrook, had built. He was also a fighter pilot in the Second World War, politician, racing yachtsman, powerboat pioneer, boat-show founder... More 

1 Thank Maggie N
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Smashing little museum celebrating the life of Sir Max. Full of fascinating artefacts, paintings and assorted memorabilia. Free to enter (donations are welcome). Really it doesn't take long to look around the museum but its well with the effort because it holds some wonderful historical objects.

Thank David S
Ryde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Open Tuesday to Saturday in season(barring Events), welcomes dogs and houses a nice collectIon of memorabilia and paintings. Well worth a visit.

Thank MarkWilliams666
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is a unique museum full of artifacts, steeped in history and a place not to be missed when visiting Cowes.

Thank U8696YHpaulg
Hunter Valley, NSW
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We were so glad we visited this small private museum (which is free). It has a wealth of interesting exhibits, particularly for those interested in maritime history. There are some wonderful maritime paintings, fabulous half model ships, a number of items on loan from the Queen & Prince Phillip. Items belonging to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Napoleon & many... More 

Thank Freya1958
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

absolutely fabulous place to see totally unique items of interest. Yachtsmen and all with an interest in the sea should not by bypass this attraction.

Thank Sue C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Spent an hour here, fantastic staff, you will enjoy it. Just ask and question and they will give an answer to fill your knowledge. It's like a tardis small pm the outside and big on the inside. I would say not for small children as they will find it boring as their is no Star Wars.

1 Thank Lizandmatthew
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Really interesting museum. Free too, but donations are welcome. Lovely ladies to answer your questions too.

1 Thank Georgina A A
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If you have an hour or so to spare in Cowes, do visit this brilliant little museum. Easily accessible from the High Street it has a wide range of weird, wonderful and beautiful exhibits, from Napoleon's son's cradle to a bolt from HMS Victory. Best of all this museum is clearly well loved, it shows in the clean brass and... More 

Thank Bridget027
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Free to enter just a voluntary donation on exit. Small but packed full of nautical artefacts. Staff were knowledgeable, friendly and happy to answer any questions.

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