The Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum
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This collection of classic boats started in 1976 with the purchase of the river launch Flying Spray., but really began to progress with the arrival of the first racing yacht, the Dragon, Mistress , in 1988. In 1996 the Museum was fortunate to find premises in Newport, Isle of Wight with the help of the local Council. A large workshed was also acquired to enable restoration projects to go ahead alongside the collection.

Whilst the aim of the displays is to introduce visitors to the work of designers and craftsmen of the past, a central objective of the collection is that, as far as possible, the enjoyment of sailing. By taking them to rallies and events in this country and abroad, where a wider public may see them, it is hoped to kindle interest, knowledge and understanding of the skills of the past, and to encourage the appreciation of beautiful workmanship for its own sake. Thus some boats may be away at the time of your visit, or others may be in their place for a short time.

Educational projects are under way with local and mainland schools, to stimulate children's imagination and broaden their experience, and, hopefully, give them an appreciation of Kenneth Grahame's declaration in the "Wind in the Willows" that "My young friend, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as simply messing about in boats".

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 3.30pm

Admission charges

Adults £3.50 (£6 both sites)
Children 5-16 £2 (£3 both sites)
Family (2 adults) £9 (£15 both sites)

Collection details


The Classic Boat Museum
Columbine Building
Columbine Road
East Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO32 6EZ






01983 244101

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