Welcome to Lowestoft Maritime Museum

2018 was not only the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Lowestoft & East Suffolk Maritime Society but also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Lowestoft Maritime Museum.

We are now open  for the 2019 season.

Museum is open everyday from 10:00am to 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm) from now until October.

Close to the  North Sea in Lowestoft’s lovely Sparrow’s Nest Gardens, Lowestoft Maritime Museum offers a fascinating few hours of enjoyment and discovery for all ages.


“What a wonderful record of Lowestoft’s Heritage.”

David Cleveland, Berkshire.


Summer at Lowestoft Maritime Museum in Sparrows Nest Park

Summer at Lowestoft Maritime Museum in Sparrows Nest Park

Come along and explore this tardis of a museum, while celebrating our anniversary with free admission from Monday August 12th to Sunday 18th. Fishy Family Fun for all the family Join Captain Crabbe and Admiral the cat for a fun filled summer at Lowestoft Maritime...

East Coast Heritage Event 2019

East Coast Heritage Event 2019

June 15th 2019 - 10am to 4pm Lowestoft Campus of East Coast College St Peter's Street, Lowestoft, NR32 2NB Come along to this interesting FREE event with stalls from:  local museums local history groups locaI colleges parks and other heritage groups fishermen...


Port of Lowestoft

Michael Page's photo above (see www.norfolkskyview.flyer.co.uk) shows the port as it is today. In the foreground facing the rising sun, a recently developed area where large offshore structures are built. On the western side of this large dock, formerly the Trawl...

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Early Charts

In 1681, Samuel Pepys, then Secretary of the Navy and Master of Trinity House, assigned Naval Officer Captain Greenville Collins to the task of carrying out a complete survey of the British Coastline. Collins was also a younger Brother of Trinity House suggesting that...

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Marine art

Joe Crowfoot's large (1965mm x 1262mm ©1985) painting depicts Lowestoft Harbour as it must have looked at the end of the 19th century. Lit by the sun from the east it is clearly a morning scene and mist suggests the later months of the year. Many types of vessel are...

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Echo sounders

Echosounders with performance adequate for fishing were not available until the 1930s and their size, power requirements and cost limited use to larger vessels. The principle is simple enough, all work by transmitting a pulse of sound downward to the sea bed and...

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On the site of the present High Lighthouse there has been a beacon for mariners since 1676 when it was coal fired and burning night and day. Lowestoft Highlight was the first lighthouse erected by the Brotherhood of Trinity House. It lasted until 1676 when a brick and...

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Contacting the museum

We welcome feedback and additional information about our collections.

Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Sparrows Nest Gardens
Whapload Road
NR32 1XG

Telephone: 01502 561963

General enquiries

The Secretary Lowestoft Maritime Museum, 01502 561963

Email: admin@lowestoftmaritimemuseum.co.uk

Contacting the chairman

You can contact our  Chairman direct  on 01502 569165


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