Mary Rose Museum

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Mary Rose Museum
Concept plan of the new Mary Rose Museum by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Established 1984
Location Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Type Maritime museum
Key holdings Mary Rose warship
Collection size 19,000 artefacts
Owner Mary Rose Trust

The Mary Rose Museum is an historical museum located at Historical Dockyards in Portsmouth in the United Kingdom run by the Mary Rose Trust. The museum is dedicated to the 16th century Tudor navy warship Mary Rose as well as the historical context in which she was active. The museum opened in 1984 and displays artefacts from the ship as well as the ship itself in a dedicated ship hall, while it has been undergoing conservation. In September 2009 the ship hall was closed to allow the start of construction of a new museum that was opened at the end of May 2013.[1] The complete conservation of the Mary Rose will be finished in 2016, when she will be fully integrated with the new museum environment.


The New Mary Rose Museum in 2014
The old museum entrance seen in July 2008

The Mary Rose Museum (2013) was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, Perkins+Will and built by construction firm Warings. The construction has been challenging because the museum has been built over the ship in the dry dock, which is a listed monument. During construction of the museum, conservation of the hull continued inside a sealed "hotbox". In April 2013 the polyethylene glycol sprays were turned off and the process of controlled airdrying began. By 2016 the "hotbox" will be removed and for the first time since 1545, the ship will be revealed dry. This new museum displays most of the artefacts recovered from within the ship in context with the conserved hull. Since opening it has been visited by over 500,000 people.[2]


  1. ^ "A New Museum for the Mary Rose - News". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ [1], Mary Rose Museum

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Coordinates: 50°47′58″N 1°06′27″W / 50.7995°N 1.1074°W / 50.7995; -1.1074