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Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

OPENING TIMES AND TICKETS

Open: 10am – 4:30pm.

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

Open all week during Hampshire school holidays only

Last Entry: 4pm

Feel the thrill as you come face to face with naval warfare at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.  

Marvel at missiles, take in the torpedoes, and survey the small arms, all within a genuine 18th century armaments depot. Discover the unique histories of designers, makers, and seaman who worked on armaments over the centuries and listen to first-hand accounts of the munition workers who dealt with these dangerous materials.  

THE HISTORY OF PRIDDY’S HARD

Priddy’s Hard was where all Royal Navy warships, including HMS Victory, came to load up their guns and ammunition up until the Falklands War in 1982. Safely outside the range of Portsmouth Dockyard, Priddy’s Hard stored munitions too dangerous to be kept at the main site and was home to a multitude of different personnel and professions.  

This historic location, complete with original 1771 ‘powder keg’, has been completely reimagined as a testimonial to naval firepower. From exhilarating exhibitions, immersive recreations, and authentic armaments from across the centuries Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is guaranteed to put a bang in your day.  

THE NIGHT HUNTERS: THE ROYAL NAVY’S
COASTAL FORCES AT WAR

Enter into the high-risk, high-octane world of the Night Hunters at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. 

Discover the story of this group of heroes, their daring night-time raids, and how they were awarded over 3,000 decorations during the course of World War Two.  

How to get here

Car Parking

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower offers free carparking. If using a satnav device, please use the address: Heritage Way, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE

Polite notice: Whilst the postcode is correct, satnavs may direct you to the centre of the naval base. Please follow tourism signs for the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower once you’ve entered Gosport.

Waterbus

A Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard runs regularly to the museum.

The Waterbus is, unfortunately, unable to accommodate wheelchairs, due to the unsuitability of the jetty and steps.

A suitable wheelchair can be pre-arranged to meet the waterbus on arrival in Gosport. Please ask a member of staff for details or email GosportDutyManager@nmrn.org.uk to confirm availability

Please note that your safety is our number one priority and the sea is subject to change. Due to this, the waterbus may not be running. In the unlikely event, the waterbus stops running when visiting one of our Gosport sites from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will need to arrange alternative travel back. This can be on the Gosport Ferry, which is larger than the waterbus so can operate in rougher conditions, or arrange a taxi from a local company. The National Museum of the Royal Navy will not be able to reimburse you for alternative travel arrangements.

ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE MUSEUM

15 MIN RIDE ON THE WATERBUS

HMS WARRIOR

15 MIN RIDE ON THE WATERBUS

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