Step back in time and explore Henry VIII’s favourite warship – raised from the depths of the Solent and painstakingly conserved for future generations. The story of the Mary Rose is one of the most fascinating in naval history. A tale of battles fought against the French for over 30 years before sinking off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. It’s an account of her being raised from the seabed more than 470 years later and of her meticulous conservation.
The ship captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the Solent in 1982. Her dramatic story is now revealed in full inside the purpose-built, award-winning £27million Museum, which opened its doors to visitors in May 2013.
"The Mary Rose exhibit is a must see. I remember watching her being lifted from the sea bed in 1982 so to see her now so close up is amazing. How the exhibit has been realised is astounding."David, Stockport
Inside the museum the starboard half of the ship is housed in a ‘hot box’, enabling it to dry out gently over the next few years. The impressive hull is truly captivating and can be viewed on three levels through viewing windows.
In addition to the ship, the collection of artefacts is just as impressive. There are many thousands on display, including personal belongings such as wooden bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments and nit combs, and many of the ship’s weapons, from longbows to two-tonne guns. The museum offers a unique insight into the life of crew members too, with forensic science used to bring the story of the Mary Rose and her crew to life.