National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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. Also included is access to offsite attractions: The Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion, Museum of Naval Firepower.

Adult: £32.00
Senior: £28.80
Student: £28.80
Child: £23.00 (Children under 5 are free)
Family: £85.00 (2 Adults and 3 children)
Family: £64.50 (1 Adult and 3 children)

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.
The Grand Fleet of the British Navy in the North Sea off the Danish peninsula of Jutland in 1916

36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War

  • 19 May 2016 — 31 May 2019 *on now

A major exhibition from the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to commemorate the largest naval battle in history, the Battle of Jutland. ‘36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War’ will be the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on the subject, and will highlight the essential role of the Royal Navy in winning the First World War.

Working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, the exhibition will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view the NMRN's collection together with objects from 21 private lenders and five public organisations.

The exhibition launch coincides with the NMRN’s other major contribution to the Jutland centenary, the opening of the battle’s only survivor HMS Caroline, in Belfast 2016.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Exhibition only
Adult £10
Groups £8
Concessions £8
Child £5
Family £25.00 (2 ads 3 ch)

Entry is half price to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard All Attraction Ticket holders.
Booking online from 1st February 2015 www.jutland.org.uk
Group booking enquiries on 023 9283 9766 (option 3)

Website

http://www.jutland.org.uk

photograph of woman in white jumpsuit and purple gloves holding a piece of rope against a large piece of fabric on the floor

The Iconic Trafalgar Sail

  • 21 July — 2 September 2018 *on now

It has lain unseen for the last six years but now HMS Victory’s Trafalgar Sail, the only surviving foretopsail from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is set to be unveiled on 21 July for a limited time this summer.

Measuring the equivalent of two tennis courts when fully laid out, the sail is 80 feet at its foot, 54 feet at the head and 54 feet deep, covers an area of 3,618 feet and lies in The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Storehouse 10 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Visitors can experience HMS Victory's Trafalgar Sail this summer for a limited time only. A must-see artefact not to be missed!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with a valid attraction ticket.

Book online and save 20% on a Full Navy Ticket.

Website

https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events-by-date/event/1619-the-iconic-trafalgar-sail

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.
photograph of hands with prosthetic wounds

Wound Wednesday

  • 22 August 2018
  • 29 August 2018

Back in Georgian times, if a sailor at sea got infected from a cut or wound, his arm would be amputated. Inspired by those events, come along and have a prosthetic wound created by our make-up specialists. Get grossed out at the bloody realism of an open wound and become a real life sailor for the day onboard our historic ships.

This activity is not for the faint hearted and is suitable for older children only. Get your wound every Wednesday during the summer holidays.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Activity is free with a valid attraction ticket.
Book online and save 20% on a Full Navy Ticket.

Website

https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events-by-date/event/1623-wound-wednesday

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

Website

www.historicdockyard.co.uk

www.nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk

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.
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