Discover life in 1545 with real Tudor objects, ranging from cannons to nit combs, recovered from Henry VIII's favourite ship, the Mary Rose!
From handling tables and interactive displays to our amazing light show that brings the ship to life, not to mention our great activities, there's something for children of all ages at The Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The Mary Rose isn't just an ship, it's a time capsule, preserving life in Tudor England. 500 years is just a heartbeat away from a great family day out.
Experience the Mary Rose’s miraculous story in a whole new way with a new interactive trail for families.
Based on the book "You wouldn't want to sail on the Mary Rose", this trail book is packed with activities to do both in the museum and after your visit!
There's no reason to miss out, download our worksheets and models and experience some of the world of the Mary Rose at home!
Dive into the untold story of the finding, excavation and recovery of the Mary Rose in our new immersive 4D cinema experience, brought to life with a combination of archive footage and CGI, as well as multi-sensory features including sounds, smells, bubbles wind and movement.
You may even recognise the voice of a certain monarch amongst the divers telling their stories...
Included in any valid Mary Rose ticket, including Ultimate Explorer season tickets
These are just a few of the exciting activities and events we have running at the Mary Rose Museum this year.
Find out more on our events page!
If you visited the Mary Rose on a school trip in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s you may have memories either getting wet or trying to look through misted-up windows at what you could just about make out as a Tudor warship.
We've changed a lot since then, The sprays were turned off in 2013, the ship and her objects are now in a state-of-the-art museum and the ship is easier to see and understand, with new displays, lights and sounds!
Please be aware that for the safety of our visitors we have a 100% bag search policy. All bags, buggies and mobility scooters must be kept with you at all times.
The historic dockyard site and the museum itself are fully accessible to buggies and pushchairs, and the museum has baby changing facilities. Lifts are available to move along the visitor route.
Although eating and drinking are not allowed inside the museum itself, the Mary Rose café offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, as well as freshly made food.
The café has highchairs available and staff will be happy to warm bottles for baby feeding.
Nursing is permitted throughout the museum.
The lighting within The Mary Rose is kept low to create a stunning atmosphere and display, as well as helping protect the delicate collection of objects within the gallery showcases.
For visitors with visual impairment or autism, relaxed opening mornings are held monthly. More information can be found at the link below.
The Mary Rose Museum is one of over 200 attractions around the UK that Blue Peter badge holders can get into for free.
To gain free entry, each child (under 16s only) must have a badge and valid badge card and free entry is only available when a full paying Ultimate Explorer ticket is purchased (adult or concession). Not available online or with any other discount or special offer. Excludes special ticketed events. Blue Peter Badge must be produced at time of purchase. Tickets must be purchased from the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard only. Please note walk up tickets are more expensive than tickets purchased online
Find out more on the Blue Peter website.
We have a number of useful maps, trails and other downloads that can help enhance your visit to the Mary Rose.
Our Manifesto is a set of simple guidelines for museums created with children, young people and families. It sets out what they feel makes a museum a great place to visit.