National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3NH
England

Website

www.historicdockyard.co.uk

www.royalnavalmuseum.org

E-mail

enquiries@historicdockyard.co.uk

For Naval Ancestory enquiries

library@nmrn.org.uk

Group Bookings and enquiries

groups@historicdockyard.co.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

02392 839766

Museum Switchboard

02392 727562

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
National Museum of the Royal Navy storehouses at night
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The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is one of the world’s leading maritime museums. Dates, images and artefacts tell us about events. The real drama is in the experiences of the men and women who were there. The funeral barge that brought Nelson’s body up the Thames after Trafalgar reminds visitors that he was human. So were the men who served under him in the harsh days of sail – and the slaves in the trade the Royal Navy helped to abolish. Explorers can hear their stories and enter their world where the past is closer than they think.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

April - October
Daily 10.00-17.00
November - March
Daily 10.00-16.30
Closed on 24th 25th 26th December

Admission charges

A Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site ticket is valid for one year with unlimited entry to all of the attractions on site. These include: the New Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tour.

Adult: £26.00
Senior: £24.25
Student: £24.25
Child: £19.75 (Children under 5 are free.)
Family: £72.00 (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 www.historicdockyard.co.uk.

Additional info

ACCESSIBILITY:
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.

EDUCATION: A visit to HMS VICTORY and the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY includes a 40 minute guided tour of the ship conducted by professional guides, followed by a visit to the Tafalgar Experience and the extensive galleries of the museum. For planning purposes allow at least two hours for your tour and museum visit (Self-guided tours will operate in peak periods. Please contact 02392 839766 for further details). During the guided tour your group will be able to find out about Admiral Lord Nelson, the Battle of Trafalgar, gun drills, life on board the ship, food and discipline and the social conditions of the Georgian Navy.

There are regular lecture events, activity days and a special programme for Key Stage 1 children, titled 'Sailor's Home'. This programme encourages children to interact with HMS VICTORY, and through the handling of replica objects, find out about some of the people who lived and worked onboard the ship and of Nelson as a significant individual.

Conference facilities are available.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Dreadnought Painting

Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914

  • 3 April — 31 December 2014 *on now

The National Museum of the Royal Navy's new major temporary exhibition devoted to the outbreak of the WW1.

The exhibition charts Britain’s naval history from its triumph in the Anglo-German naval arms race – one of the several intertwined causes of the outbreak of the WW1, illustratiDevoted entirely to the First World War, the collection will reveal for the first-time unknown stories from the Royal Navy in the lead-up to the outbreak, with unique objects and art specifically curated for the exhibition, such as Lieutenant Vere Sidney Harmsworth’s sword that he used in combat. It will chart Britain’s naval history from its triumph in the Anglo-German naval arms race - one of the several intertwined causes of the outbreak of the WWI, to illustrating how the Royal Navy was instrumental in the building of the Grand Fleet. The exhibition will also address influential personalities such as Admiral Sir John Fisher, who transformed the Navy of the Victorian age into a military machine capable of maintaining Britain’s naval supremacy in the First World War. He is considered one of the most important figures in British Naval history.

A rare collection of twentieth century paintings, many on display for the first time, will depict scenes of the Royal Navy in battle and the aftermath of fierce fighting at sea – including ‘The Wounded Lion’ by artist William Wyllie, as well as propaganda posters such as ‘Remember Scarborough’
ng how the Royal Navy was instrumental in the building of the Grand Fleet, to looking at influential personalities such as Sir John Fisher (First Sea Lord and considered one of the most important figures in British Naval history).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £18.00, Child £15.00 for one year's unlimited entry

Website

http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/index.htm

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Creepy Crawly Encounters

  • 28 — 30 October 2014

Join Animal Encounters to meet some of the strange and sometimes scary stowaways that hid on ships as they travelled around the world. Come face to face with snakes, scorpions and rats and find out about the pets sailors kept on board. This workshop will take place at 11:00 and 14:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events/event1312.php

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Remembrance Week Trail

  • 3 — 9 November 2014

Follow the poppy trail around the Dockyard and the National Museum of the Royal Navy to discover stories linked to the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events/event1274.php

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