Welcome aboard the HMS Ganges Museum website 

Opening Times

The museum is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank  Holidays from 1100-1700 (last entry 1630). From Good Friday, 2018 until the end of October.

If you are unable to visit during a weekend, or you wish to organise a special trip out of usual hours, please go to the contact page and one of us will be only to happy arrange your visit. Please remember that we are all volunteers so at least 14 days notice would be appreciated. Don't forget, if you want to include a wider tour of the beautiful Suffolk countryside with your visit to the museum, the  Shipwreck Lofts provide comfortable B&B style accommodation for that longer stay.    

Entry to the museum is free, although all donations are welcome and are used for running costs.

This summer's showpiece display celebrates the signing of the Armistice 100 years ago to bring to a close one of the most bloody conflicts ever witnessed. Also featured are the German U-boats which surrendered to the Commander of the Harwich base 

Faith, Hope and Charity

Thought you might enjoy this picture of the infamous steps which were recent uncovered by developers who are building 12 apartments as part of the Shotley Marina project.

I'm sure this will be the first of many exciting revelations as the developments down the front and on Ganges site take place.

Check us out on  for all the latests pics.

From Boys To Men

HMS Ganges Museum is dedicated to the 160,000 boys who went through the gates as boys and marched out as men, from its inception as a Royal Navy Training Establishment in 1905 to its closure in 1976.

The training was tough, brutal at times, yet many of those who came through remember HMS Ganges, at Shotley Gate, with a certain fondness. All the artefacts on display have been donated by former trainees, instructors and staff, or their families.

The museum is manned by volunteers, many are former Ganges boys, long in the tooth but with a head full of knowledge, anecdotes and memories whether they went through the full two years, or as six-week wonders in the latter days of Ganges. 


Both the Bristol Arms and Shotley Rose, which were used by staff and civilians based at Ganges, are still operating and all-exGanges boys can be assured of a warm welcome from Shane and his staff at the Bristol, and Sarah, Jamie and staff at the Rose.