Mary Rose Museum

This Portsmouth museum displays the fascinating remains of the Mary Rose, a Tudor ship that sank in 1545.


Watch our video, featuring historian David Starkey and the Mary Rose Trust's Chief Executive, Rear Admiral John Lippiett; and view our gallery, below.

The warship Mary Rose was built in Portsmouth and launched in 1511, the pride of Henry VIII's new fleet. It served for 33 years in battles against France, Scotland and Brittany before sinking in 1545. It was raised in 1982, along with thousands of objects, and has been undergoing conversation ever since.

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was specially built to house the ship and display its precious objects – from skeletons and rosaries to musical instruments and cannons – and was officially opened in May 2013. The museum's contractors, Bouygues UK, were recently recognised at the 2014 Building Awards, where they received the 'Project of the Year' prize.

The museum displays the starboard section of the flagship that served Henry VIII for 34 years, before spending over 400 years under the Solent. For the first time, the ship has been reunited with the possessions of the crew and all the material of a Tudor warship. The permanent exhibition engages visitors through the intensely personal nature of the objects and the stories they tell of the people on board, providing an inimitable insight into Tudor life. Everything in the museum is from one archaeological site, capturing the moment when the ship and most of the crew were lost.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Rose Trust, said, 'For the first time we have displayed the ship together with thousands of Tudor artefacts, most of which have not been seen before. This unique Tudor assembly was recovered from the wreck site and everything has been conserved and prepared for display in our own workshops by a wonderful dedicated team. The quality and intensely personal nature of the objects found on board is breathtaking and the collection gives a unique insight into life 500 years ago. We welcomed over 250,000 visitors in the first four months after the museum opened last May, and we have continued to enjoy the most wonderful reaction and feedback. Our aspirations have been met and indeed exceeded.'

Entry to the Mary Rose Museum will be free to visitors with a National Art Pass until 31 August 2014 (standard entry £17).

Download or stream our free audio guide to the Mary Rose Museum, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.

Mary Rose Museum audio guide – Museum of the Year by Art Fund


Venue details

Mary Rose Museum No 3 Dock Main Road, H.M Naval Base, Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3PY 023 9281 2931 www.maryrose.org

Entry details

50% off Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site ticket with National Art Pass, including:

Mary Rose Museum

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Victory

HMS Warrior

Action Stations (additional charges for Laser Quest apply)

Harbour Tours

Apr - Oct, 10am – 5:30 pm (last entry 4:45pm)

Nov - Mar, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4:15pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 26 Feb

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