National Museum of the Royal Navy

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Coordinates: 50°48′04″N 1°06′32″W / 50.801°N 1.109°W / 50.801; -1.109

The National Museum of the Royal Navy was created in early 2009 to act as a single non-departmental public body for the four service museums of the Royal Navy. The museums are:

Since 2009 the following have also become part of the Museum

In the financial year starting 1 April 2009, the NMRN co-ordinated Grants in Aid from the UK Ministry of Defence and the four original museums became integral parts of the NMRN.


On 3rd April 2014, Three major new attractions at The National Museum of the Royal Navy opened for the first time:

HMS ‘Hear My Story’ – opening of the new £4.5M permanent galleries, with a dedicated exhibition, recounting the remarkable experiences of over 1,000 men and women in the Royal Navy over 100 years

‘Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914’ – the Museum’s new major temporary exhibition devoted to the outbreak of the WWI, charting Britain’s naval history from its triumph in the Anglo-German naval arms race – one of the several intertwined causes of the outbreak of the WWI, illustrating how the Royal Navy was instrumental in the building of the Grand Fleet, to looking at influential personalities such as Sir John Fisher (First Sea Lord and considered one of the most important figures in British Naval history)

HMS Alliance – the only surviving British WWII era submarine re-opened following a £7M conservation and restoration project. The public can go on board and meet a submariner to discover what life was like to live and work under the waves. The Alliance experience will also include a film narrated by British Hollywood star Ian McShane.[3]

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