Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The Mary Rose Museum
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The Mary Rose was one of the earliest ships to carry heavy guns. She was a favourite of King Henry VIII and sank off Portsmouth in 1545 during an engagement with a French invasion fleet, in full view of the King, the screams of the men onboard, ringing in his ears.

The rediscovery of the Mary Rose during the 1970s and her raising in 1982 were seminal events in the history of maritime archaeology, watched by a worldwide audience of over 60 million people and remembered by a generation.

The new £35 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors in May 2013. The new Mary Rose Museum is dedicated to the 500 men on board that lost their lives and it tells the story through them.

Visitors can view the exceptional collection of thousands of personal, domestic and military objects in the Mary Rose Museum.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

April to October
10 am – 5:30 pm (last entry to museum 4.45 pm)
November to March
10 am – 5 pm (last entry to museum 4.15 pm)

CLOSED 24th, 25th and 26th December

Admission charges

A Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site ticket is valid for one year with unlimited entry to Action Stations, HMS Warrior 1860 and National Museum of the Royal Navy Museum and valid for one entry to HMS Victory, Mary Rose Museum and Harbour Tours.

Adult: £28.00
Senior: £26.00
Student: £26.00
Child: £21.00 (Children under 5 are free.)
Family: £78.40 (up to 5 members of the same family, maximum 2 adults/seniors).

Gift Aid your ticket for us to claim back the tax. For further information on visiting please telephone 02392 839 766 or visit


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Additional info

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is, however, a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer. Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in the Historic Dockyard Coach and Car Park, Boathouse No.7, Victory Arena and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Wheelchairs are available free of charge from the Visitor Centre, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860 and National Museum of the Royal Navy. Please call 02392 839766 for further information.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Mary Rose is the only recovered 16th century warship and is of international significance in maritime archaeology and beyond. Weighing some 300 tons, and standing as high as a four-storey building, the hull is revolutionary in design and provides vital evidence of shipbuilding techniques for a period when ship-plans do not survive. Moreover, the breadth and completeness of the military, domestic and personal objects found within her, in many cases unique, together with the ecofacts and human remains, form one of the largest groups of well preserved associated material. Designation recognises the importance of the whole of the collection which acts as a benchmark for scholars and a fascinating insight into Tudor life.

The Museum charts everyday life on board the famous warship. The collection is unrivalled and boasts a superb collection including cannon, longbows, gold coins and silk clothing but also wooden bowls, tankards and games boards that belonged to the ordinary soldiers and sailors on board. A new Gallery called Bonaventure opens at Easter 2002 offering visitors the chance to try a variety of key exhibits including hoisting the mast and yard arm; trying a large, medium and small longbow and hearing 16th music played on specially replicated instruments based on those found on board. Also displayed for the first time is the world's only 16th Century fighting top. An artefact handling table featuring authentic and replica artefacts from the Mary Rose is manned within the museum and costumed interpreters are generally available to answer questions and demonstrate everyday Tudor crafts.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Maritime, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Henry VIII and the Mary Rose (KS 1)

Learn about Henry the VIII as a famous person with one of our costumed interpreters. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in the story telling session with puppets, followed by the chance to dress up in wonderful Tudor costumes and handle real and replica artefacts from the ship.
Price Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
Max 34 pupils

Conflicting Evidence Workshop (KS 3)

The session focuses on a continuing mystery: Why did the Mary Rose sink? It is designed as an exercise in analysing evidence. Using basic document skills, pupils examine four different primary sources about the sinking of the ship in 1545. Each of these pieces of evidence gives a different version of the same event. This gives rise to a discussion about the reliability of evidence. This is followed by some creative work. Each pupil designs a front page for a Tudor newspaper; the way in which the events are reported should reflect their individual conclusion.
Price: Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
Group size: vary, please enquire for more details

Dive in and Discover the Mary Rose

Explore the Mary Rose

Find out about the work done by the crew of the Mary Rose.

GCSE Leisure and Tourism

Length of session: half day
Find out about aspects of the Mary Rose Museum as a tourist destination. Your visit will start with a chance to see the Museum and Ship Hall. This will be followed by a lecture and question and answer session. Topics covered include: marketing and promotion, customer service and staffing, visitor profiles and target audiences, access issues and visitors with special needs.
Cost: £2.75 per pupil plus £40 per session

Life on board a Tudor Warship (KS 2)

Gun Drill and Hands on History:
During this workshop pupils are given the opportunity to train as members of a tudor gun team, working together to load and fire the massive replica gun. They then work as archaeologists, examining evidence from a selection of real and replica objects to discover more about ship's crew and the life of the period. Themes include technology, seamanship, leasure and clothing
Price: Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
max 36 pupils

Meet the Expert (All KS)

By arrangement, pupils can meet an expert – either a diver, an archaeologist or another member of the Mary Rose team. The session leader would give a talk followed by a question and answer session which links to a wide range of curriculum areas.
Price: Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
Group size: vary, please enquire for more details

Museum Worksheet (KS 2+3)

KS 2 - This worksheet gives pupils a broader understanding of the Mary Rose looking at a variety of aspects including rich and poor on the Mary Rose and life on board the ship.
KS 3 - A maths worksheet or British History 1500-1750 worksheet is available.

Standard Visit to Museum

Experience a unique collection of tudor artefacts from Henry VIII's warship at the museum. You may meet one of our costumed interpreters or be able to handle a small number of real and replica objects.See the Ship in the Ship hall A specially adapted childrens audio guide is available to enhance your visit.
Price £2.75 per child

Time Detectives (KS 3)

Pupils work in small groups to examine a variety of replica artefacts from the Mary Rose. They are challenged to use their powers of observation and deduction to identify the various objects, some of which are completely unfamiliar. The task involves careful recording of the size of the objects and the materials from which they were made. The pupils have to consider what might be missing from the original artefact before finally working out its function. This is a hands-on session which provides an unusual opportunity to handle replica items from the Tudor period. Pupils return to school with their completed Artefact Recording Sheet.
Price: Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop

Tudor Clothing (KS 2)

Tudor Clothes at the time of the Mary Rose and Gun Drill:
Working in small groups examining a variety of tudor clothing and accessories including items copied from evidence found on the ship. This gives a insight into how clothes reflect status, work, wealth and personality in the period. This is a hands on session with question and answers which ties in with history, PSHE and citizenship in the National Curriculum.
for information about gun drill see 'Life on Board a Tudor Warship'
Price: Standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
max 36 pupils

Tudor Rat Worksheet (KS 2)

These worksheets give pupils the opportunity to find out about various crew members such as the archer, barber-surgeon and navigator in detail. They encourage pupils to focus on the artefacts in the museum.

Tudor Shipwreck (KS 1)

Pupils can develop literacy skills with a big book about diving on a shipwreck. Children have the opportunity to handle real and replica artefacts followed by the chance to search the museum for some real treasure using a specially developed workshop
Price: standard visit charge plus £40 per workshop
max 34 pupils

Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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General Enquiries


General Enquiries

02392 839766

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