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Housed inside a modern architectural interpretation of a ship's hull, The Mary Rose holds the remains of the 1545 vessel the Mary Rose, and offers exhibits on England's rich maritime history. Glass cases display artifacts that survived several hundred years in the sea. You can handle authentic pieces and interact with displays. The main attraction is the reconstructed remains of the ship itself, viewable on three levels via a panoramic elevator. After viewing the Mary Rose, enjoy a snack at the on-site cafe, where the name of the ship may appear atop your cappuccino froth. Use our Portsmouth day trip website to visit The Mary Rose on your trip to Portsmouth, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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It's hard to imagine that the huge hull of the Mary Rose does not dominate this exhibition but there is so much more to see that it is set in context. The number of artifacts is breath taking with...
It's hard to imagine that the huge hull of the Mary Rose does not dominate this exhibition but there is so much more to see that it is set in context. The number of artifacts is breath taking with... more »
Absolutely amazing! The Museum is well laid out, informative, easy to move around and the artefacts and the ship a snapshot in Tudor times. Many people on hand to give more information. We had...
Absolutely amazing! The Museum is well laid out, informative, easy to move around and the artefacts and the ship a snapshot in Tudor times. Many people on hand to give more information. We had... more »
We bought yearly passes for our family to the dockyard in 2019, before the pandemic and loved to visit - the only nag being that the Mary Rose Museum was not included. We renewed recently, now its easier to visit attractions again and were delighted to find out that it was now part of our annual membership. I cannot express adequately in words how wonderful this museum is. You enter initially into an interactive chamber, with narration from a very familiar and famous voice. You get to meet Henry VIII himself and experience the Mary Rose sinking. Getting to see the ship itself is amazing; it's at the centre of the building and you work your way around it, through different displays and floors. You catch glimpses of it, as its kept in relative darkness until they suddenly bring the lights up and you get an idea of the scale of it. They have a hologram display which beams video of actors, portraying different members of the crew going about their business, directly onto the ship - which our kids loved. On the very top floor, you can finally go into the actual chamber itself (through an airlock, which the kids were delighted with). It's really eerie and ethereal experience. We visited during half term and the kids were invited to take part in special activities offered by the museum and made their own clay ships tiles. There are also interactive activities dotted about the building for the younger visitors to try. It's BRILLIANT, we will be back.
Absolutely fantastic museum with a very understandable haunting feel to it. The displays are really cleverly done. So much information and so many artifacts. Warning: there are many skeletal remains on display. The coffee and muffins in the cafe were excellent.
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