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Monarchy Mondays (plus a few other days of the week!) 01 Aug - 23 Aug 2022
Meet Henry VIII!

See England's most infamous monarch!

Meet legendary Tudor king, Henry VIII, at the Mary Rose Museum this summer.

The king could be sauntering through the historic dockyard, checking up on his beloved ship the Mary Rose inside the museum or joining in with the summer activities.

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Tudor Gun Drills - August 02 Aug - 31 Aug 2022
Hit the target this summer!

A Tudor Gun Crew had to be fast, strong and accurate on board the Mary Rose, especially when firing at the enemy! Are you up for the challenge this summer?

Join us and our replica Tudor gun to see if you've got what it takes.

Gun Drill Dates;

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Gin and Rum tasting at The Mary Rose 08 Aug - 09 Aug 2022
A Summer holiday event for adults

Come and join the Portsmouth Distillery at The Mary Rose Museum for a tasting of two pieces of history. Tudor Gin, based on botanicals that we know would have been on board when she sank in 1545, and Forum Garden Rum, which makes history as the world's first botanical Rum....

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Tasty Tudors 09 Aug - 12 Aug 2022
What did they eat on the Mary Rose?

Having a well fed crew is important to keep everyone fit for fighting, that's why the crew of the Mary Rose were well fed!.

Find out what the crew would have eaten, make your own model of a tankard and discover exactly how much beer they drank every day!


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Chilli Sauce tasting at The Mary Rose 15 Aug - 16 Aug 2022
A Summer holiday event for adults

Come and join us at The Mary Rose Museum for a tasting of Chilli Sauces from Spice Island.

Free with any valid admission ticket.

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Totally Tudor Games 16 Aug - 18 Aug 2022
Fun and Games 16th Century Style!

Ever wondered what the Mary Rose crew did for fun?

Join us at the Mary Rose Museum this summer to try your hand at some of their favourite games, including Nine Men's Morris and Backgammon, both discovered on board the ship!

This activity is free with a valid Portsmouth Historic...

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Meet the Jester 17 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Japes with Devilstick Peat!

It's all fun and games at the Mary Rose Museum with our Jester Devilstick Peat! 

A magician, juggler and all around entertainer, the Jester had to keep Henry VIII happy…or else!

Come and see him perform this summer and maybe learn a trick or two.

This activity is free...

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Meet Alison Gardiner 23 Aug - 23 Aug 2022
Designer of the Mary Rose 40th Anniversary Mug

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose, the Mary Rose shop has commissioned an exclusive bone china mug from local artist Alison Gardiner.

Alison Gardiner will be at the Mary Rose museum shop on 23rd August, so why not come and pick up this amazing...

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Colourful Calligraphy 23 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Get creative with a Tudor-style Quill and Ink!

Only rich officers on board the Mary Rose could read and write. Join us this summer for our colourful calligraphy activity and make your own bookmark.

You will be the envy of your crew!

This activity is free with a valid Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ticket.

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Regular Events

Events that run regularly throughout the year

Afternoon Tea for Two Experience at the Mary Rose
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


Enjoy a unique experience at the Mary Rose museum this summer with an afternoon treat with amazing views from our VIP balcony overlooking HMS Victory and Portsmouth Harbour - you may even catch a glimpse of one of the famous aircraft carriers if they are in port. 

Your afternoon will begin with a delicious high afternoon tea on the balcony, followed by a guided tour. Discover the largest collection of Tudor objects anywhere in the world, and marvel at Henry VIII’s pride and joy, his beloved Mary Rose.  She lay under the Portsmouth Sea for 437 years before being raised, treated, and conserved into the awe-inspiring piece of Portsmouth history you see today. 

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Exhibitions at the Mary Rose

Currently featured at the Mary Rose museum

1545 - When their world ended

A new experience for 2021

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