Mary Rose Museum

Following a £5.4m redevelopment, the main body of the Mary Rose Museum has reopened, providing panoramic views of the ship from all nine galleries.

Located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the museum is built around the hull of the 16th century warship which was made at the site over 500 years ago.

Construction of the Mary Rose was completed in 1510 and it served in Henry VIII's Royal Fleet for 34 years before it sank in battle during the Third French War. Despite attempts to salvage the remains from the depths of the Solent, expert Tudor divers were unable to shift the wreckage to shallow ground and eventually the mission was abandoned.

In the 1960s search parties began looking for the ship and it was finally discovered in 1971. Following a series of more than 28,000 careful excavations she was raised in 1982 along with 19,000 artefacts. 

The museum houses the hull at its centre, with galleries running the length of the ship and each corresponding to a deck level. Artefacts are displayed in such a way that visitors can see these decks as they would have looked in the moments before the Mary Rose sank. 

Mary Rose is the only 16th-century warship on display anywhere in the world. Each object in the museum – from human fleas to giant guns – was raised from the seabed and has been specially conserved.

Permanent collections

Artefacts are arranged by theme and shown alongside personal accounts of life onboard in order to explore both the historical context of the ship and wider Tudor life. There is also a chance to delve into the many different theories about why she sank.

Further galleries reveal the science behind the ongoing conservation work and details of the ship's incredible salvage, which was the largest underwater excavation and recovery ever undertaken in the world.

Visitor information

The Mary Rose café uses locally sourced ingredients and UK roasted coffee, while the onsite shop sells books, gifts, replica artefacts and jewellery.

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) and 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