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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  • We have been visiting this museum at intervals for the las twenty years. This was our first time since the last refurbishment. It is a huge achievement to get the ship to its current state. We can now...  more »
  • The Mary Rose is a fantastic preservation. An entire museum has been built to house it and to explain the context and background to this Elizabethan vessel. There is lots of material: time is needed. ...  more »
  • An amazing day. What a piece of history with some unique and amazing artefacts. Will definitely visit again. So many modern ways to explain the story of the Mary Rose. 
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  • Fantastic exhibits, with spectacular views of the wrecked hull - now free of water mist and upright. For part of the walk you are in the same room as the ship. It's been a long journey for it, I remember it being raised with Prince Charles watching over while I was at school.
  • Great experience. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Seeing the 500 year old ship is undescribeable. The way the museum has been built to feel like the ship is incredible, the floor mimicking the ship making you feel like your walking on board. The museum layout is quite close together in the exhibits, it was busy making it feel close in places. Tip try visiting in the morning before lunch as it's much busier in the afternoon.
  • Good new 3 storey glass walled gallery exhibit helps to bring the wreck alive. Some parts work better than others but the stands are informative and the bigger finds are well displayed with a significant number on a mirrored gallery replicating their location within the ship. Overall a great step forward for the museum and good to see the final exhibit having seen the spraying down through peepholes about 18 years back as a kid - would recommend a visit!
  • I visited the Mary Rose on Saturday 17 th September 2016. What a grand Lady she is. I had the most extraordinary visit. While looking at the astonishing number of artefacts I was stopped in my tracks by one particular item. Not a valuable piece of plate or any such thing of intrinsic monetary value - no. It was a small single " shoe " I was stunned by the thought that the man or indeed boy, that had put that shoe on his foot on that fateful morning had every expectation of removing it that same night but suddenly life intervened, and the only record of his existence in this life is a solitary shoe. It then occurred to me to consider that one day I shall put on my shoes for the last time. But there's no way of knowing when that day will be - what will be the legacy of my time in this world ? The Mary Rose must stir the hearts of many but for me this Great Lady of the seas has shown me something of the transitory nature or life itself. A most singular experience and one that will be long remembered.
  • Anyone remotely interested in the history of these island shores and their defence should not miss this wonderful, intriguing, fascinating display of Tudor England and the remains of it's star ship and those that sailed her.