National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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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.
Museum, Heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site
April - October
November - March
Closed on 2th 25th 26th December
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.
Child: £15.80 (Children under 5 are free.)
Family: £62.15 (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.
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.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War
Forces Throughout The Years at the National Museum of the Royal Navy
Forces Throughout The Years
The event will revolve around how the Navy has changed, from the past to the present, and perhaps even a ‘peek’ into the future.
It will feature elements such as fashion, clothing, navigation, and weapons. Come down and see what’s changed in the last 250 years, since the time of Nelson!
Free event, no booking required, all ages welcome.
For further details contact 023 9272 7581 or email: email@example.com
- Any age
Tudor Games and Pastimes’ at the Mary Rose Learning Centre
Explore Tudor games and pastimes with an illustrated talk and replica artefact handling session based on the archaeological evidence from King Henry VIII’s warship, Mary Rose.
- Any age
£4.50 (or £3 concessions) Places limited. Book in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 02392 812931.
Free Friday Fun at the Mary Rose Museum
Tudor games and pastimes outside the Museum (weather permitting)
- Any age
Free Family Fun Day
There’ll be challenges to get accepted into the Lost Boys (and Girls!), much fun to be had in Navy Neverland, and, Shiver Me Timbers, even Pirates roaming loose. All topped with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust.
Climb aboard Victory Arena to try your hand at finding the Lost Treasure of the Dockyard, making a pirate hat or fairy wings, and enjoying your never ending childhood.
And of course, there’ll be balloon modelling, face painting and candy floss … What more could you arrrrrrr-sk for?
- Any age