Sir Max Aitken Museum

£350 - £950 for Venue Hire
Up to 60
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
The Museum is an iconic 18th century sail loft situated in the heart of Cowes with panoramic views across the Solent. We offer a unique venue which can be individually tailored to your requirements.
Sir Max Aitken Museum Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
You can hire the Museum for your reception only from £350 and we charge £950 to hold a wedding ceremony. We specialise in offering a unique venue for your special day.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Sir Max Aitken Museum Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence


Water View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Outdoor Reception Space
Pet Friendly

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted

Cultural Specialists

Sir Max Aitken Museum Full Description
This famous pink building on Cowes High Street provides a historic backdrop for your special day. Originally the home of the renowned press baron and yachting entrepreneur Sir Max Aitken, the Museum was created to house his extraordinary personal collection of paintings and sailing memorabilia. In addition to this wonderful dining/reception room, a large balcony offers guests the chance to enjoy the panorama of the Solent scene with views across to the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Should you wish to be dropped off or collected from your wedding by boat, we have steps giving access to the sea (depending on the tide!). The Museum offers an intimate space for up to 60 people for both your ceremony and reception. A choice of two nominated caterers enables you to create the perfect menu - from a simple afternoon tea to a full seated dinner. We are located in the heart of Cowes, a short walk from the Red Jet ferry service and also within 5 minutes walk of local churches and other amenities. We are here to help with your planning and will be there on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ruth
We offer a venue that is completely different from any other. As a small charitable organisation we provide an entirely personal service, intended to make your day perfect.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Lauren and Tom Ripard
Happy couple married in September
October 2022
Thank you!
I am just coming back down to earth a week after our wedding and just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you to everyone at the Sir Max Aitken Museum for your help in making our wedding day incredibly special. We particularly appreciate how flexible you all were as we quickly changed the date and rearranged the timings of the day. We would recommend the museum to anyone who is looking to get married in Cowes and we can't wait to come back and visit next summer when we are next home.
Wedding: September
November 2022
Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for making Jeremy and Matt's wedding on Saturday such a great success. Everyone loved the Museum and it looked gorgeous with all the flowers in place.
Response from the venue
Thank you - it was a lovely day.
Venue responded
Molly and Rupert
Happy couple married in May
November 2022
Special day
Thank you so much for making Rupert and my wedding celebrations so special - all our guests commented on what a wonder venue the Museum was for our day. From my perspective of organising from afar, it was so easy and straightforward to get the arrangements in place.
Emily and Bertrand
Happy couple married in May
November 2022
Perfect setting
Thank you so much for letting us have our wedding at the Museum, It was such a special day and the the Museum was a perfect setting.
Helen and Gavin
Happy couple married in June
June 2017
We couldn't have wished for a better venue and all the guests absolutely loved the museum.
I just wanted to send you the biggest 'Thankyou' for making Gavin and my day so special. We couldn't have wished for a better venue and all the guests absolutely loved the museum.
Annabel and Carl
Happy couple married in January
January 2017
The Max Aitken Museum truly is a jewel in the Isle of Wight crown.
“Sandie and Ruth are lovely, lovely people and a real credit 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."
Sir Max Aitken Museum Location & Contact Details


83 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AJ, England

Travel Notes

High speed ferries run from Southampton to Cowes and from Portsmouth to Ryde- journey time 25 minutes. There is also a car ferry service from both Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3 Southampton

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Sir Max Aitken Museum?

A small wedding with 50 people at Christmas time. It was organised at very short notice for two very busy people ( the bride bought her dress the week before the wedding, the groom works abroad!) They were thrilled and delighted with everything.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Plan, but also enjoy!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

An artist who did 5 minute profile portraits of the guests, cut from paper.

Describe Sir Max Aitken Museum in 5 adjectives

Unique, fascinating, historic and friendly

Where’s the best photo spot at Sir Max Aitken Museum?

Sat at the table from the Royal Yacht, Victoria & Albert

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Sir Max Aitken Museum?

Dame Ellen MacArthur - round the world yachtswoman and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

What’s your favourite canapé?

Minature roast beef & yorkshire pudding

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Buttered toast

What is Sir Max Aitken Museum most unique feature?

The wonderful selection of paintings and exhibits

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The variety of events held here

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