Sir Max Aitken Museum


Discover a hidden jewel in the heart of Cowes to celebrate your perfect day!


This famous pink building on Cowes waterfront provides a venue that is both unique and remarkable. The 18th century building houses Sir Max Aitken's extraordinary personal collection of paintings and yachting memorabilia to make a historic backdrop on your special day.

The balcony offers guests the chance to enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Solent scene, with its yacht racing, passing cruise liners and views across to the Spinnaker Tower. It is also possible to be dropped off or collected from the balcony steps by boat, dependant on the tide!

Sir Max Aitken Museum

Event Space

The Museum offers an intimate space for up to 80 people for your ceremony and reception. In addition, the balcony offers guests the chance to relax and mingle while watching the excitement of world class yacht racing, or simply soak up the atmosphere.

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"Sandie and Ruth are lovely, lovely people and a real credit to the Museum. They were both so helpful, as well as being incredibly patient while Annabel and myself were taking our time deciding on seating arrangements etc.
All both Annabel and myself have done since the wedding, is sing the praises of the Museum - it was a fantastic day, in an amazing location - The Max Aitken Museum truly is a Jewel in the Isle of Wight Crown, and a place that shouldn't be missed on a visit to the Island."
Annabel and Carl

"We visited here for a dinner on a Saturday evening and what an incredible place - we had the pleasure of dining surrounded by a rare and fascinating collection of nauticalia"
Reviewer on Trip Advisor


Our preferred caterers at the museum are:

David Rogers - email: phone: 01983 248500 website:
Kate White - email: phone: 07542 377776 website:
Christianne Whitehouse – email phone 01983 200666 website


Civil ceremony licence Yes
Ceremony capacity 80
Seated reception capacity 80
Evening party capacity 120
Venue time and dates Flexible
Music Licence No
Unamplified music Yes
Outdoor facilities Balcony overlooking Solent
Catering Choice of nominated caterers

Contact our Wedding Event Coordinators: Sandy and Ruth

Tel: 01983 293800

Opening Times - May to Sept
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 - 16.00

Sir Max Aitken Museum
The Prospect
83 High Street
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AJ

T. 01983 293800

Sir Max Aitken Museum