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An Outstanding Collection of Diving Equipment

The UK's Only Museum Dedicated to Diving

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Welcome to The Diving Museum

Promoting and Preserving Our Diving Heritage

We are a small, volunteer-run museum powered by you. You are the reason we exist. We look forward to helping you explore our museum.

2019 Opening Hours

11am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm
Weekends and Bank holidays from 6th April to 27th October 2019

Admission

Adults: £4
Seniors and Kids (5-16 years): £3
Family (two adults and up to four children): £12
Under 5s: free
Carers: free

The Diving Museum

The Diving Museum

No. 2 Battery
Stokes Bay Road
Gosport
PO12 2QU
United Kingdom

What’s On

Death in the Afternoon

FROM Friday 13/Sep/2019

TO Friday 20/Sep/2019

In 1854 a young man died on Browndown beach, just yards from the museum. He was most probably the last Englishman to die on English soil as the result of a duel. What drove them to fight? What happened next? John Mullen tells the tale. (part of Gosport’s Heritage Open Days programme)

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Steampunk @ The Museum

Saturday 28/Sep/2019

Saturday 28th September 2019.11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).Half price entry for visitors in Steampunk outfitsThe Diving Museum is participating in Gosport Steampunk Society's Steampunk Festival 2019 which is to be held at the Alverbank Hotel in Stokes Bay...

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Death on the Line

FROM Wednesday 16/Oct/2019

TO Friday 18/Oct/2019

Death on the Line – A Murder Mystery Supper Evening where the acting is criminal and the laughs just keep coming – all wrapped around a hearty fish and chips supper.

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Recent News

Exhibit of the Month

Exhibit of the Month

Cox's Bolt Gun This formidable piece of salvage gear could shoot a bolt clean through sheet steel one inch thick using an explosive charge! The gun itself weighs 16 kg (36 pounds) and was usually lowered to the diver on a rope or chain. Before it was...

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Exhibit of the Month

Exhibit of the Month

Edinburgh’s GoldIn 1942 HMS Edinburgh was returning to the UK from Russia laden with gold bullion - payment to the Allies for supplies during World War 2. The convoy in which she was travelling was attacked. HMS Edinburgh was damaged and eventually...

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MARGARET AND JIM

MARGARET AND JIM

Margaret Marks takes JIM for a walk in the diving trials tank in HMS Vernon in the early 1970s.
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Carosanto, Gunnislake on TripAdvisor

“I don’t dive, can hardly swim and am lo-tech, but I found this place to be full of fascinating objects.”

Pauline B, Portsmouth on TripAdvisor

“Our guide was brilliant – entertaining and knowledgeable with lots of stories to supplement the already good information provided.”

133pjp, Basingstoke on TripAdvisor

“What a gem! Fascinating exhibits with helpful and informative volunteers. Excellent museum for divers, non-divers and children.”

Tim N, Kendal on TripAdvisor

“Oh boy this was a good find. Knowledgeable, chatty staff who were helpful … a really interesting spot.”

Shipahoyahoy on TripAdvisor

“A fascinating museum telling the history of diving. The volunteers could not have been more friendly and welcoming.”

DrKMWho, Bath on TripAdvisor

“… one of the best small museums I have ever visited.”

Dan J on TripAdvisor

“We couldn’t recommend this place enough! Lovely little place and plenty of history.”

Debbie R on TripAdvisor

“ … friendly, helpful and enthusiastic volunteer staff to assist. Well worth a visit!”

Carosanto, Gunnislake on TripAdvisor

“I don’t dive, can hardly swim and am lo-tech, but I found this place to be full of fascinating objects.”

Pauline B, Portsmouth on TripAdvisor

“Our guide was brilliant – entertaining and knowledgeable with lots of stories to supplement the already good information provided.”

133pjp, Basingstoke on TripAdvisor

“What a gem! Fascinating exhibits with helpful and informative volunteers. Excellent museum for divers, non-divers and children.”

Tim N, Kendal on TripAdvisor

“Oh boy this was a good find. Knowledgeable, chatty staff who were helpful … a really interesting spot.”

Shipahoyahoy on TripAdvisor

“A fascinating museum telling the history of diving. The volunteers could not have been more friendly and welcoming.”

DrKMWho, Bath on TripAdvisor

“… one of the best small museums I have ever visited.”

Dan J on TripAdvisor

“We couldn’t recommend this place enough! Lovely little place and plenty of history.”

Debbie R on TripAdvisor

“ … friendly, helpful and enthusiastic volunteer staff to assist. Well worth a visit!”

Brainbox Puzzles

Amazing Facts

Funny Bones

And lots more

Cartoon illustration of a diver at the diving museum
Image of a sandy sea bed

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