The Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The museum was the brainchild of Martin Woodward, a keen diver since the 1960s. Over decades of diving on shipwrecks around the Isle of Wight and across the world, Woodward amassed a large collection of artefacts recovered from the seabed and decided to make them available to the public at large. The museum began in Bembridge in 1978 and moved to Arreton in 2006.
Some of the items on show are from famous wrecks, like the SS Mendi, and the submarine HMS Swordfish, discovered by Woodward in 1983. There are thousands of items on display, from coins to navigation equipment, diving suits to ship's wheels and model ships.
A part of the museum is given over to restored, vintage lifeboats, including the Queen Victoria, in service from 1887 to 1902 at Bembridge.
The museum is located at the popular Arreton Barns comp[lex, and there are combined tickets available for entry into the other Arreton attractions.
About The Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum
Address: Arreton Barns Complex, Arreton, Isle of Wight, England, PO30 3AA
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: At Arreton, on the Sandown to Newport road
Website: The Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Arreton, St George's Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Arreton Manor - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Newport Roman Villa - 0.1 miles (Roman Site)
Godshill, All Saints Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Carisbrooke Castle - 3.1 miles (Castle)
Nunwell House and Gardens - 3.7 miles (Historic House)
Appuldurcombe House - 4 miles (Historic House)
Brading Roman Villa - 4.2 miles (Roman Site)
Nearest Accommodation to The Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Point
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
The Railway Station
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