National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth

National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth

Discover how the Royal Navy helped shape the modern world through stories of courage and determination in our three exhibition galleries.

See treasures from the last 350 years like the Life Mask taken from Nelsonís face in 1800, the first Victoria Cross ever awarded in 1856, or a World War II Enigma Machine which helped win the Battle of the Atlantic. Discover the amazing stories of ordinary people who made the Navy's history, from the 19 year old fighting the slave trade off West Africa in the 1820s, to the first women who served at sea in the 1990s.

National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth

The National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth is one of the countryís leading maritime museums.

  • See, touch, hear and even smell the history of the Royal Navy through a rich collection of artefacts and award-winning permanent exhibitions.
  • The Trafalgar Experience brings the Battle of Trafalgar vividly to life in a fantastic walk-through experience.
  • Get hands on and test your skills. See if you can captain a 74 gun ship of the line and win fame and fortune, have a go on the latest Merlin Helicopter simulator and try to land safely on an aircraft carrier.
Hear My Story Gallery

Hear My Story Gallery

A new major exhibition telling the undiscovered personal stories from the ordinary men and women who have made the Navy's amazing history over the last 100 years. Through cutting edge interpretation, see and hear their stories through war and peace, bringing you closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy.

Racing to War Exhibition

Racing to War Exhibition

The first of a new series of special exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Telling the story of the opening months of war at sea and last years of peace, from the dramatic naval arms race with Germany to the triumphs and disasters at sea under Winston Churchill's leadership.

Victory Gallery

Victory Gallery

A trip to the Victory Gallery is the perfect accompaniment to a visit to HMS Victory. The Gallery's exhibitions tell the story of the famous ship from the laying of her keel in 1759 to her restoration and preservation. They also focus on the amazing stories of the people who lived, worked and fought in her.

Nelson Gallery

Nelson Gallery

This exhibition is housed in the Lambert McCarthy Gallery, named after Mrs Lily McCarthy CBE, an American citizen and Nelson collector, and one of the Museum's principal benefactors. This exhibition contrasts Nelson the public hero with Nelson the private man.

Sailing Navy Gallery

Sailing Navy Gallery

Housed in a restored C18th Naval storehouse, complete with original floor made from timbers taken from captured French and Spanish ships. The interactive exhibition offers an entirely new view of the Sailing Navy, based on the very latest research and is designed to engage the imagination of visitors of all ages.

From April 2014 our great value all attraction tickets give entry to all of the attractions for 1 entire year...

  • The NEW Mary Rose Museum
  • HMS Victory
  • HMS Warrior 1860
  • NEW HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, plus the Royal Marines Museum and Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower*
  • National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth including NEW Hear My Story Gallery and NEW Racing To War Exhibition
  • Action Stations
  • Harbour Tours

* Included in all attraction tickets purchased after 4th April 2014.

Group visits

If you would like to visit with a group of 15 or more people please call 023 9283 9766 for more information. Up to 25% discount is available and you can book your time slots in advance.

Education visits

All workshops link directly to the National Curriculum. Based around items in the museum's collection and offer a great opportunity to learn directly from historical objects and documents.

Hire the museum

The museum provides a unique venue for corporate hospitality, offering a range of options. Our outdoor viewing platform is ideal for summer functions with its view overlooking the harbour.