The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum

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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 Mary Rose was a ship in Henry VIII’s navy, which he had built when he came to the throne in 1509. Construction began in 1510, and the ship was finally launched in 1511.

The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose is a museum that houses the Mary Rose and hundreds of artefacts that have been retrieved from the Solent throughout the years. The Mary Rose was constructed between 1509 and 1511 and is a favourite of King Henry VIII, became one of the first vessels to be capable of firing a broadside and was one of the first ships to fire a broadside.

The ship sank inadvertently during a battle with the French navy in 1545 after having enjoyed a long and illustrious career. In the history of nautical archaeology, her recovery and subsequent rising were watershed moments. A 34-year conservation initiative has resulted in the Mary Rose being entirely restored and on display within at the purpose-built museum.

An Overview of Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum, which spans from the deepest of the Solent to Portsmouth Dockyard, has undergone a massive restoration that has cost more than £25 million in Heritage Lottery funding. The nine galleries lined up here provide views of the ship, the opportunity to photograph the ship from the upper deck, and hands-on exhibits that demonstrate Tudor technology and creativity in action. After 30 years of preservation, the Mary Rose ship is now visible from every angle, as if it had never been seen before.

The Mary Rose was King Henry VIII's favourite ship, and it was built specifically for him. In 1510, it was launched to serve the King of England for 34 years until it got lost in 1545 while defending England and Portsmouth from a French invasion force.

You will get to visit all the memories of the Mary Rose, which has played an important role in the history of Portsmouth. Perhaps it was the day in 1982 when the hull of the ship was spectacularly raised from the bottom, which received widespread media attention. In the end, the years of constant spraying, or maybe the attempt to peer through misted-up windows, were all worth it.

Since then, a lot of things have changed. Our new state-of-the-art Mary Rose Museum opened its doors in 2016 after the sprays were turned off. Approximately 500 men lived, worked, and died on the ship, and their tales are told at the Museum.

There are around 19,000 artefacts on display, all of which were discovered from the seabed during one of the most difficult archaeological evidence in history. You can hear and smell the original Tudor scents, and you can see the ship brought back to life with cutting-edge technology, which tells the incredibly resonant stories of what life was like on board when the Mary Rose sank in the Solent in 1545. You can also listen to and see the ship brought to life with cutting-edge technology.

Not only has the wreck of the Mary Rose contributed to our understanding of the Tudor periods, but it also has advanced information that is being applied to other historic wreck sites throughout the world.

Relive the Mary Rose 1545 Experience

Revisit the final moments on board the Mary Rose as it is sunk on July 19, 1545, during the Battle of the Solent. Take a step back in time to hear from King Henry VIII and the crew of the most famous disaster in British history.

But make sure to visit their official website for booking your guided tour. Please keep in mind that all tours are add-ons to your existing attraction ticket; therefore, you must have your attraction ticket in hand in order to enter the museum. You will not be able to enter the site or museum unless you have purchased an attraction ticket.


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