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The Mary Rose Museum

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Open today, 10am – 5:30pm

Discover the extraordinary story of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, from her fateful last battle to her miraculous rediscovery at the bottom of the Solent over 400 years later. 

The Mary Rose Museum is a marvel of modern story-telling and cutting-edge science, brought together to create a unique experience unlike anything else. This one-of-a-kind attraction brings you closer to Tudor life than you can imagine, what will you uncover as you explore her many mysteries?      

QUICKFIRE FACTS

120 MINS

Visit Time

500

Crew

1510

Ship Built

34

Years in Service

19,000

Artefacts

600

Trees felled

THE STORY OF THE MARY ROSE

From the depths of the Solent to Portsmouth Dockyard, the Mary Rose has had a long journey.   

Built from 1510 and launched the following year, she served Henry VIII for 34 years before sinking dramatically in 1545 defending England from a French invasion fleet. There she lay until 1971, when a team of divers, led by the late Alexander McKee, rediscovered the wreck site. 

What followed was a ground-breaking feat of underwater archaeology, as hundreds of divers worked tirelessly to recover the Mary Rose and return her to the surface. Many still remember the momentous day she finally broke free of the water on 11 October 1982. 

From here she was transported to her final home in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where essential conservation work began. An enduring memory of the Mary Rose during this time was of her being constantly sprayed, initially with water, then later with Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), a water-soluble wax, to aid in her preservation. 

This process took over 30 years to complete, and now the Mary Rose is reunited with her artefacts, telling the stories of the men who lived, worked, and died onboard, as well as being a testament to those that worked so hard to bring her home.  

People watching the Dive the Mary Rose 4D immersive experience

DIVE THE MARY ROSE 4D

A new 4D immersive theatre experience, opening Spring 2023. 

Giving visitors the chance to experience what it was like to dive the Mary Rose, this never-before-seen cinema experience will explore the history of when the Mary Rose tragically sank over 400 years ago, right up until the present day.  

Discover the crucial stories of all those who were instrumental in the salvage and recovery of the Mary Rose. Witness the legacy to the hundreds of individuals involved in the world’s largest underwater excavation. 

ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE CONSERVATION OF
THE MARY ROSE

The Mary Rose Museum is a time capsule of Tudor life, with over 19,000 genuine Tudor artefacts – the largest collection on display in the world.  

Using interactive displays and knowledgeable guides, you can discover the lives of the 500 men (and one dog!) that lived on-board, from how they lived to what they ate, and even how it would have smelt! 

The wreck of the Mary Rose is not just helping us understand Tudor times, it has furthered knowledge that has helped other historic underwater wreck sites around the world. 

Hull of the Mary Rose supported by scaffold

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MARY ROSE

Original hull of the Mary Rose from inside the protective glass

THE MARY ROSE 1545 EXPERIENCE

Re-live the final moments onboard the Mary Rose as she sinks.  

Step back in time to 19 July 1545, during the momentous Battle of the Solent, to hear from Henry VIII and the crew of Britain’s most famous shipwreck. 

Hatch’s History Detectives<br />

Hatch’s History Detectives

 

Join Hatch, the ship’s dog as he leads you through the museum on a multi-sensory exploration of the story of the Mary Rose, her crew and the Tudor world.

Pick up a FREE trail sheet at the start of your visit, and Hatch will help guide you through the galleries and encourage your family to explore the sights, sounds and even smells of the Mary Rose!

People on a guided tour inside the Mary Rose Museum

GUIDED TOURS

A perfect way to explore the museum’s collection in a little more detail, led by one of our expert tour guides. 

Please Note: All tours are add-ons to your existing attraction ticket, please ensure you have your ticket to gain access to the museum. You are unable to gain entry to the site or museum without an attraction ticket. 

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2 MIN WALK AWAY

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