A must-see extra to your visit, don’t miss your chance to follow the development of this fascinating village, the story of its ships, and the residents who lived and worked here. Highlights include:
Puckle Gun – one of the more unusual artefacts in the museum, this prototype machine gun held both round and square bullets.
HMS Beaulieu – keep a lookout for a ship called Beaulieu while you’re in the museum.
Model of Buckler’s Hard village – get a bird’s eye view of Buckler’s Hard as it was on 3 June 1803. Look at the height of the wood stacks against the windows of the cottages, and compare the height of the ships under construction to the terrace roofline.
The New Inn – this reconstruction of the village pub is in its original location and shows an evening in the 1790s. Unsubstantiated stories suggest the inn was once a centre for smuggling!
Plus don’t miss new exhibition HMS Agamemnon – Navigating the Legend, which can be seen in the Shipwrights Workshop, along with free access to the grounds of Buckler’s Hard village, the Shipwright’s Cottage and charming St Mary’s Chapel, with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar. A small parking charge applies to those travelling by vehicle.