Diving Museum

The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU.
Opening hours: 11am to 4pm on Weekends and Bank Holidays from Easter to October inclusive.
The 2016 season is from Good Friday 24 March 2016 to 30 October 2016.
Admission: Adults £3; Seniors and Children (under 16) £2; Family £8; Under 5s are free.

Please note: The Diving Museum is housed in a Victorian Battery. There is a short flight of stairs down into the museum. Our volunteers are willing and able to assist anyone who may need help managing the stairs. We have a wheelchair in the museum which is available on request. Once you are in the museum all areas are then accessible by wheelchair.



Ride & Dive websiteThe Sunday drive is back! Make sure you do it in style!
The Diving Museum is collaborating with the Provincial Bus Society to deliver a grand family day out on Sunday 21 August.
Gather your friends and family and catch a vintage double decker from the Gosport Hard and take a leisurely tour of Gosport stopping off at The Diving Museum in Stokes Bay.
Explore the award-winning family-friendly museum, pop into the Bayside Café for an icecream, picnic on the beach, dip your toes in the Solent and when you are ready, catch the bus from the front of The Diving Museum to complete your tour of Gosport.
There will be four tours throughout the day starting at Gosport Hard at approx. 11.15am, 12.15pm; 2.15am and 3.15pm. The last bus leaves The Diving Museum at about 3.30pm. The bus trip is absolutely free and entry to the museum is less than a cup of coffee each. (£3 adults; £2 seniors and kids; £8 family; under 5s are free).
All Aboard for a cracking day out in Gosport!



It is no secret that we love kids.  And so this year, along with 800 other museums in the UK, we entered the Telegraph’s Family Friendly Museum Award competition.

We were over the moon to find that we were selected as one of the top 20 family-friendly museums, and were even more amazed to make it into the top SIX!  Congratulations to the winners, Tullie House, and the other finalists – we’re immensely proud to be in your company!

Do come and visit us. We would be delighted to welcome you and show you around.

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It is not yet popularly known, but Gosport is the home of the global diving industry. The co-inventor of the diving helmet, John Deane, lived in Gosport from 1835 to 1845 during which time he discovered the Mary Rose. The first diving helmet ever sold by the inventors was to a Gosport mariner, Henry Abbinett. Gosport represents a natural home for the country’s premier historical diving museum.

The Diving Museum exhibits the best range of military, commercial and recreational diving equipment anywhere in Europe.

From ancient times man has reaped the natural treasures of the oceans – pearls and coral have been collected since at least 5000 BC. The 18th century saw an explosion of interest in recovering treasures from sunken vessels. Experimentation with diving bells was followed by the invention of the diving helmet in the 19th century – commercial diving was born. After the Second World War, sport diving became popular. Today, divers can work at depths as great as 300 m doing everything from military operations, oilfield support, salvage and construction to fish farming, archaeology, research – and even just for fun! From ancient to modern, it’s all at The Diving Museum.

The Diving Museum is an outreach project of the Historical Diving Society and it is manned entirely by volunteers.


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