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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I remember watching the Mary Rose being brought up from the Solent. We visited 20 years ago while it was still being sprayed. Seeing the finished exhibition is fantastic. The way you view things...
I remember watching the Mary Rose being brought up from the Solent. We visited 20 years ago while it was still being sprayed. Seeing the finished exhibition is fantastic. The way you view things... more »
The Mary Rose is steeped in history and if interested well worth a visit. Took a 6 year old & a 15 year old and they both interacted with the exhibits and we all learnt a lot.
The Mary Rose is steeped in history and if interested well worth a visit. Took a 6 year old & a 15 year old and they both interacted with the exhibits and we all learnt a lot. 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.
Excellent venue for a day trip with lots to see. We visited on a day when there were a low number of other visitors which made for a pleasant tour of HMS Victory and the Mary Rose. Both were excellent with the free audio guide for Victory particularly good. Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a few minutes walk away. We purchased a ticket valid for 12 months so will be back to see the rest of the attractions.
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