We are delighted to tell you that we have now opened for business as normal!

(11.00 to 17.00 last entry at 16.00)

We will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of October but we may decide to remain open until after Remembrance Day depending on the number of visitors and the weather.

Watch this Space.

With the success of the week-day private visits in the past six months it is our intention to continue these for those serving or retired Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel or their families who are unable to visit on a week-end, with a particular welcome, as always, to ex Ganges Boys, Instructors and Crew. 

If we are to continue to open the Museum on a regular basis we must recruit more younger volunteers. Age and infirmity have taken their toll in the last 18 months and we have lost 3 very valuable members of the volunteer band who work to keep the museum and the collection viable and open to the public.  

 Welcome aboard the HMS Ganges Museum website 


New Video Available

If you go to the Collections page you will find an evaluation copy of a video which is available to purchase from Jim Worlding, all proceeds to the Museum coffers, details at the end of the video. 

Opening Times

The museum is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank  Holidays from 1100-1700 (last entry 1630). From Good Friday, 2020 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 is set in the memory of the launch of the ship which became the Training Ship HMS Ganges. She was launched in Mumbai (Bombay)two hundred years ago this year. 

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 latest pics (Please type 'THE' in front of HMS Ganges Museum. to find the correct Museum Facebook page) 

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. 

At the Marina on the former Ganges lower sports field site you will find the Shipwreck Restaurant and Bar, above which are the Shipwreck Lofts. A view from the balcony of one of the rooms is shown below. Both the Bristol Arms and Shotley Rose, which were used by staff and civilians based at Ganges, are still operating and all ex-Ganges boys can be assured of a warm welcome from Shane and his staff at the Bristol, and Sarah, Jamie and staff at the Rose. See also the links page for further details