Sir Max Aitken
The Prospect . Cowes

Private Hire

The Long Gallery and its incredible collection of artefacts that form the Sir Max Aitken Museum, make this fabulous late 18th Century pink building a popular venue with those looking to hire a space in Cowes for parties or special events, throughout the year.

Up to 150 people can be accommodated for drinks parties, while a maximum of 80 can be seated for private lunches or dinners, sitting beneath the gaff from King George's V's Royal Yacht Britannia.

The balcony offers guests the chance to enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Solent scene, with it's world class yacht racing, passing cruise liners and views across to the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

The space also works well for business meetings, corporate events and product launches or as a media centre. Please contact us to discuss your requirements as we would be happy to help.

Hire the Museum

big wooden table set up for a wedding on a ship


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

The museum holds a license for civil wedding ceremonies, the extraordinary personal collection of paintings and yachting memorabilia providing a historic backdrop for your special day.

The intimate space allows up to 80 people for your ceremony and the terrace, running the full length of the room, offers your guests the chance to relax, mingle and simply soak up the atmosphere of this unique place.

Additionally the balcony offers the possibility to be dropped off or collected from the balcony steps by boat, dependant on the tide!

long wooden table set up for a wedding


"The staff 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

Contact Ruth, our Wedding Event Coordinator:

01983 293800


Hire the Museum

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Contact us

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

May - September

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00

Admission is free.

There is no disabled access.

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