Mary Rose Museum

Coordinates: 50°48′08″N 1°06′32″W / 50.8022°N 1.1090°W / 50.8022; -1.1090
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Mary Rose Museum
The New Mary Rose Museum in 2018
LocationPortsmouth, United Kingdom
TypeMaritime museum
Key holdingsMary Rose warship
Collection size19,000 artefacts
Visitors364,295 (2017)[1]
OwnerMary Rose Trust

The Mary Rose Museum is a historical museum located at Historic 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. Since opening it has been visited by over a million people.[2]


Concept plan of the new Mary Rose Museum by WilkinsonEyre
The old museum entrance seen in July 2008

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.[3] The Mary Rose Museum (2013) was designed by architects WilkinsonEyre, Perkins+Will and built by construction firm Warings. The construction was challenging because the museum was 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 air drying began. In 2016 the "hotbox" walls were removed and after reopening the ship was on display behind glass.[4] In 2016, the museum was closed for 9 months whilst a £5.4 million development was undertaken that allows visitors to view the ship without being separated from it by a wall of glass.[5]


  1. ^ "ALVA - Association of Leading Visitor Attractions". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ "One millionth visitor to the new Mary Rose Museum! – The Mary Rose". The Mary Rose Museum. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Our New Museum Opening ... - the Mary Rose Museum". Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ "The Mary Rose Revealed - Reopening 20th July 2016 - the Mary Rose Museum". Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  5. ^ Richardson, Nigel (3 October 2017). "The best view of the Mary Rose for 471 years: £5.4m development of Tudor warship completed". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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