National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

One of the country's leading maritime museums, devoted to the story of the men and women of the Royal Navy.

Award-winning permanent galleries cover Nelson, his navy, HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar. Highlights include the McCarthy Collection of objects that belonged to Nelson and Emma Hamilton and their daughter Horatia, WL Wyllie's Panorama of Trafalgar and an unrivalled collection of warship figureheads. 

The Age of Sail display, housed in an 18th-century storehouse, reveals a balanced view of what life was like in the Sailing Navy through hands-on interactive exhibits.

In 2014 a new gallery opened with an additional permanent display, HMS: Hear My Story, which recounts the experiences of over 1,000 men and women in the Royal Navy over 100 years.

The museum complements a visit to the other attractions in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


Art we've helped buy at National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

Venue details

National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth HM Naval Base (PP 66), Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3NH 02392 727562 www.royalnavalmuseum.org

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass to National Museum of the Royal Navy OR 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
Daily, 10am  5pm

Nov  Mar
Daily, 10am  4.15pm

Closed 24  26 Dec