Only seven years old, The Diving Museum has already collected several awards including being one of the top six most family friendly museums in the UK (2015). Volunteer guides are on hand to educate, entertain and ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Discover the world’s first diving helmet, shake hands with the Iron Man, salute the bravery of the human torpedoes, marvel at the life of a North Sea diver, discover treasure diving, and uncover world records made in Gosport. The Diving Museum, is now also host to the oldest diving helmet in the world which will be on display until 09 October 2017 - see more below!
In addition to its impressive collection of commercial, military, sports and scientific diving exhibits, The Diving Museum has recently added the world’s first successful diving helmet – The Deane Helmet. This iconic prototype was invented by two brothers from Deptford, Charles and John Deane. They developed it into a working helmet that they used on the first ever salvage dive off the Isle of Wight and which John Deane wore when he discovered the Mary Rose in 1836. Their invention was adopted by the Royal Engineers (who taught the Navy how to use it), and it was then introduced to the world by the Royal Navy. At the risk of mis-quoting another British National Treasure, “Not a lot of people know that”. Find out what else “a lot of people don’t know” at The Diving Museum, Gosport. Please note, in order to receive your discount on admission, you must display your culture card at arrival at the museum.
* 10% discount does not apply at the West End Centre (Aldershot), Forest Arts Centre (New Milton), Ashcroft Arts Centre (Fareham) or Eastleigh Museum.
**Please note, the child card can be purchased in conjunction with any other Hampshire Cultural Trust membership, but you will not receive a parking pass for Itchen Valley when purchasing a child card.
** Please note seasonal opening times of selected venues