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Cowes Maritime Museum



Cowes Library, Beckford Road, WEST COWES, Isle of Wight, PO31 7SG

Tel: 01983 823433

Things to Do Isle of Wight - Cowes Maritime Museum


This small museum situated in Cowes library began in the 1970’s when library staff began collecting plans, photographs and models from the ship building firm J. Samuel Whites. The collection now incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing. The museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.

Complementing the museum collection is the Library Services’ Maritime Collection, consisting of books, journals, press cuttings etc. on the local maritime industries and all aspects of yachting. The Collection is housed on the gallery in the library.

* Monday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Wednesday: CLOSED
* Thursday: CLOSED
* Friday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Saturday: 10:00 - 16:30.
* Sunday: CLOSED.

Free Entry

(01983 823433)

* By Bus - Route 1. More info -

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free Admission TicketFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Provider Preferences

  • No smoking


  • Wheelchair user accessible

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Parking & Transport

  • On street parking only

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Open all year round


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, turn right onto York Avenue and straight onto ferry road to the floating bridge to West Cowes.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, A3020 to West Cowes.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to West Cowes.

Public Transport Directions

From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 9 bus route to Newport and change to No. 1 to West Cowes.
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Newport and change to No. 1 to West Cowes.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office).

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - Tuesday10:00 - 17:00*
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed*
Friday10:00 - 17:00*
Saturday10:00 - 16:30*

* * Monday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Wednesday: CLOSED
* Thursday: CLOSED
* Friday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
* Saturday: 10:00 - 16:30.
* Sunday: CLOSED.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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