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 2017 season is from Good Friday 14 April 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017.
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.




It is no secret that we love kids.  And so in 2015, 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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