Royal Marines Museum

Exploring the fascinating 350 year history of the Royal Marines.

Established in 1958, the museum recounts the history of the Royal Marines from their beginnings in 1664 through to the present day. It is located in the former Eastney Barracks which was originally constructed as the Headquarters of the Royal Marine Artillery in the 1860s.

Through interactive displays, visitors are able to follow a recruit through training and on to deployment around the world. 

Permanent collections

There are over 8000 medals on show, including all 10 Victoria Crosses awarded to the Corps.

Visitor information

The museum is reportedly home to two ghosts; a young girl sighted around the main entrance is said to have been crushed to death when she ran in front of a horse-drawn carriage, while the smell of burning in the attic has been linked to the 19th-century officer Colonel Wolf who set his love letters on fire and shot himself there at the end of a relationship.


Art we've helped buy at Royal Marines Museum

Venue details

Royal Marines Museum Eastney Esplanade, Southsea Hampshire PO4 9PX 023 9281 9385 www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

Apr – Oct
Daily, 10am  5pm

Nov – Mar

Wed – Sun, 10am  5pm (Also Mon & Tue during school holidays)

Closed 24  26 Dec