The Maritime Museum, Buckler's Hard

Discover the fascinating story of Montagu Town as it was originally known. Founded as a free port for the trading of sugar from the West Indies, the newly re-designed Maritime Museum tells why the ambitious plans for a new town were never realised and why its name changed to Buckler’s Hard. Learn about the machine gun that fired round and square bullets and see characters from the village at the time of Henry Adams, the Master Shipbuilder who lived and worked at Buckler's Hard.

Discover a new intepretation of the Beaulieu River and its ships which have inspired a wealth of art, literature and films and listen to a traditional sea shanty sung by working sailors.

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Opening hours

March to June: 10.00am - 5.00pm
July to August: 10.00am - 5.30pm
September to October: 10.00am - 5.00pm
November to February: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Closed: Christmas Day

Admission charges

Admission price includes entrance to the Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story and all day car parking.
Adult £6.20, Senior £5.80, Child £4.40, Family £18.00, Annual pass £10.00

The Maritime Museum, Buckler's Hard
Buckler's Hard
SO42 7XB



01590 614645


01590 612624

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