Welcome to the Isle of Wight's most extensive collection of Maritime Heritage
Spend a fascinating day at the Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum, a really great day out for all the family. So much to see and do in this thriving complex of different attractions to be found in one central location at Arreton Barns Craft Village.
Martin proving in 1979 that our old diving equipment still works
There is something for everyone in this unique exhibition, which is one of the largest of its type in the UK. Bursting at the seams with 'Treasures from the Deep", Spanish gold and silver, thousands of treasures recovered from under the sea, antique diving equipment, ship models, the strange 'Merman' and a multitude of other intriguing relics from the past. This fascinating exhibition was the creation of Martin Woodward, a professional diver since the 1960s. He has dived on literally hundreds of shipwrecks both around the Isle of Wight and other locations worldwide. Martin's collection has been on display to the public since his museum first opened in 1978, with many additional displays being added since then.
After 28 years in Bembridge, the museum expanded and moved to Arreton Barns in 2006.
At the Shipwreck Centre you can relive the golden age of shipwrecks, pirates, and diving for treasure. View the famous pirate silver "Pieces of Eight" and Spanish gold recovered from the mystical underwater world around our coasts, along with fascinating antique diving equipment used by the early divers. Many sad and tragic stories of shipwreck and loss of life can be seen in the many displays, including famous local wrecks such as the sailing ships 'Clarendon' and 'Sirenia' and steamship 'Mendi' (1917).
Sit in comfort in our audio visual room and watch a "Walk-around Tour' DVD of the museum... also action lifeboat rescue videos in our "Lifeboat Museum' Section.
Situated in the thriving Arreton Barns Craft Village, the Shipwreck Centre is nestled in the rear part of the complex next to the Carp Pond and 12th Century church. The advantage of the Arreton Barns complex is that there are several different attractions on one large site, with ample free parking and a pub/ restaurant. Visitors will find something here to appeal to all tastes and ages. Importantly we also have plenty of free activities for children, including 'Treasure Hunt', 'Pirate Trail' worksheets, 'Crack the Code', Knotting, Brass rubbing and lots more. Free prizes for all completed activities.