Mary Rose Museum
The museum was relaunched in July 2016 and now offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the Henry VIII’s favourite warship, which sank on 19th July 1545 during the Battle of the Solent and was raised from the seabed in 1982. On the upper deck access to the Weston Ship Hall is gained via an airlock and visitors are separated from the ship only by a glass balcony, meaning you are breathing in the same air as the Mary Rose. It is further brought to life by a series of projections onto the ship which allow you to see what the crew would have been doing on board. Visitors can watch the cook at work in the depths of the ship as well as being able to see a gun crew in action.
At the museum, families can learn about daily life in Tudor times through some of the 19,000 artefacts excavated from the wreck site that are on display. Visitors can also test their strength and skill on the long bow simulators, and get up close and personal with some of the items recovered from the wreckage in a unique handling session. One of the items is a real piece of the ship’s rope which still smells of the tar that would have once coated it.
Set within the iconic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and with direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour from London and Bristol, The Mary Rose Museum could not be more convenient to get to and offers a fantastic day out for all ages.