History Lovers

See centuries of naval history up close

Take in the historic sights and sounds of Portmsouth Historic Dockyard when you look for things to do in Hampshire. Rediscover your curiousity as you enjoy breath-taking views of historic ships, immerse yourself in special exhibitions and unique, rare collections or chat with knowledgable staff and volunteers who are always keen to share a quirky fact.

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History brought to life

Meet colourful characters from the past and learn about what life was like onboard our ships. Knowledgable staff and volunteers are on hand to offer an insight into our collections. Immerse yourself in stories from another time through specially curated exhibitions.


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Unique exhibitions and collections 

For the perfect thing to do in Portsmouth, look no further than a visit to the Nelson Gallery to learn about one of history's most well-known figures, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, as you find out about his life onboard HMS Victory. Afterwards, visit the Hear My Story exhibition and be moved with accounts of those who served onboard Royal Navy ships. 

“When the Chelengk was unveiled in the Great Cabin of Victory… it caused the same gasps of astonishment as the original had more than two centuries ago."

- Joanna Hardy, Antiques Roadshow 




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