The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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Housed inside a modern architectural interpretation of a ship's hull, The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard holds the remains of the 1545 vessel the Mary Rose, and offers exhibits on England's rich maritime history. Glass cases display artifacts that survived several hundred years in the sea. You can handle authentic pieces and interact with displays. The main attraction is the reconstructed remains of the ship itself, viewable on three levels via a panoramic elevator. After viewing the Mary Rose, enjoy a snack at the on-site cafe, where the name of the ship may appear atop your cappuccino froth. By using our Portsmouth vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and other attractions in Portsmouth.
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  • What a marvellous museum! So much history and it's story is wonderful to think it spent hundreds of years under the sea and then years of restoration is utterly amazing. They have some things that you...  more »
  • The Mary Rose Museum exceeded all expectations and was breath taking from start to finish. The ship was sympathetically displayed and surrounded by glass which added to the experience as from all angl...  more »
  • A very interesting and well presented museum with interactive displays and artifacts from this salvaged wooden vessel.  more »
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  • We had a great day out in Portsmouth today. The museum was fascinating, the kids loved exploring the Victory and the Warrior. We are all looking forward to returning to visit all of the other exhibits.
  • The last time I saw the Mary Rose was the late 90's and it was then in some sort of marquee. Now it's in a purpose made museum with artefacts on display for all to see. It's a fantastic place so make sure you save a good two hours to view.
  • Fantastic! I came several years ago, when the ship was being sprayed with wax. This time I was able to stand in the gallery with Mary Rose & see where the artifacts were used. Loved it!
  • Fantastic experience! So much to see. You really get a flavour of what life was like on board.
  • 3rd time here in 5 years and it just gets better and better. First time was just a small museum then came it's own home and now it is completely open and the drying pipes have gone. Moreover film overlays on the decks are amazing so you get a real feel if what was being done and where in the ship. A good day out.

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From top-quality luxury brands to boutique hotels and cozy B&Bs, lodging in Portsmouth is available to suit most travelers' needs and tastes.  To have easy access to the city major routes and main attractions, consider booking your rooms near Portsmouth's historical naval dockyard. Hotels in this area offer stylish rooms, excellent food, ample parking, and a wide range of recreational facilities, including spas, pools, and fitness centers. A range of trendy shops and restaurants are within walking distance, as are the ferry terminals to France and the Channel Islands.
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