The Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum has the Isle of Wight's most extensive collection of fascinating artefacts that have been discovered over the years by dedicated diver Martin Woodward. A truly fascinating Island attraction visitors of all ages will enjoy. 


The Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum was founded in 1978 by Martin Woodward, a professional diver by trade and enthusiast for Shipwreck artefacts.

Martin first started diving on shipwrecks off the Isle of Wight in the 1960's and was extremely passionate about collecting artefacts, however his collection wasn't on display until 1978 when Martin opened up his first museum in Bembridge. In 2006 the museum expanded and is now at Arreton Barns where it thrives.

In 2017 the Maritime Archeology Trust, a charity with over 25 years experience in research, investigations and pioneering techniques for the study of marine cultural heritage took over the management of the museum. 

Facilities at the Shipwreck Centre include toilets with disabled access, baby changing facilities and a gift shop. There is also full disabled access and family accessibility for pushchairs and buggies. While visiting you can also wander around Arreton Barns and visit the variety of shops in the craft village.