Britannia Royal Naval College Museum and Archives

The Museum was opened in 1999 by Prince Philip whilst celebrating the 60th anniversary of his time at Dartmouth; a time when he met, the then, Princess Elizabeth for the first occasion in the gardens of the Commodore's residence. This small yet fine Museum has collected together many pictures and artifacts showing the history of BRNC from its beginnings in 1863 as two vessels moored in the River Dart, through the opening in 1905 of today's College. It gives an insight into the ever-evolving way of life and training of naval officers to meet the defence requirements of the time.

The Archives comprise an ad-hoc collection of crests, pictures, photo albums, and journals depicting life and times aboard HMS Britannia and, subsequently, the College from the late nineteenth century until the present. The Archives possess some of the first photos of the young Princess Elizabeth meeting the dashing naval cadet Phillip of Greece.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum

Opening hours

Entrance to College & Museum is by pre-booked tour only.
There is limited disabled access. T: Tours: 01803 677013 Other Enquiries: 01803 677233

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Maritime, Personalities

Britannia Royal Naval College Museum and Archives
The Britannia Museum
Britannia Royal Naval College




Museum enquiries

01803 677233

Archive enquiries

01803 677247

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