Sir Max Aitken Museum

£350 - £950 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
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.
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

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
No two events are ever the same so, alongside the set menus, our caterers offer a bespoke service which aims to reflect your personal wishes. Wherever possible our caterers use locally sourced ingredients.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time

Food and Drink

In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol


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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence

Cultural Specialists

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 or Sandie
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
Helen and Gavin
Married in June 2017
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
Married in January 2017
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."
Wedding: June 2016
January 2017
'What an incredible place! ’
We visited here for dinner on a Saturday evening and what an incredible place. We had the pleasure of dining surrounded by a rare and fascinating collection of nauticalia.
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


Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

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 your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, fascinating, historic and friendly

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

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

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

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 your venue's 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