The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum will be closed from December 19, 2020, in accordance with the latest government Covid-19 guidelines. We hope to welcome you back to the Dockyard in the New Year.


The Mary Rose was the flagship of Henry VIII that served in his fleet for 34 years before sinking during the Battle of the Solent in 1545, with the king watching from nearby Southsea Castle. Her remains were raised in 1982, and are now on display along with thousands of the original objects recovered alongside the ship, giving a unique and moving insight into life in Tudor England. She is the only ship of her kind on display anywhere in the world.
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From the depths of the Solent to Portsmouth Dockyard, the Mary Rose Museum has been dramatically restored, costing £27 million in Heritage Lottery Funding. 9 galleries offer views of the ship, opportunities to take photos from the top deck and hands-on displays which detail Tudor technology and ingenuity. After 30 years of preservation the Mary Rose ship can now be seen from all angles like never before.

The Mary Rose 

The Mary Rose was King Henry VIII’s favourite ship.  Built in 1510 she served the King for 34 years before sinking in 1545 defending England and Portsmouth from a French invasion fleet. 

As an integral part of the history of Portsmouth, we all have our own favourite memories of the Mary Rose.  Perhaps it was the much-televised day in 1982, when the hull was dramatically raised from the seabed.  Or consequently the years of continual spraying, or perhaps trying to look through misted-up windows at what you could just about make out as a Tudor warship.

We've changed a lot since then. The sprays were turned off in 2013 and we opened our new state-of-the-art Mary Rose Museum in 2016. 

The Museum tells the stories of the 500 men who lived, worked and died on-board. With some 19,000 artefacts on display, recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time. Listen to the sounds of the past, smell real Tudor smells and see the ship brought to life with cutting edge technology telling the emotionally compelling stories of what life was like on-board when she sank in the Solent in 1545. 

Archaeology and Conservation of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose Museum is a time capsule of Tudor life, with the largest collection of genuine Tudor artefacts you will ever experience.  Using fully interactive displays, and knowledgeable guides to help you, you will discover the lives of the men lived on-board.

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

Though many artefacts were discovered in relatively good condition, excavation and subsequent exposure to air can threaten their stability, making it essential to develop relevant conservation treatments.

Everything we know about the men of the Mary Rose, from where they originally came from, to how they lived, comes from what was found on the seabed.

Find our more about Mary Rose by visiting the dedicated Mary Rose Website 


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is temporarily not accepting walk up ticket purchases, so make sure you buy your ticket and book your time slot in advance!





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