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Families at the Mary Rose

Planning on bringing your crew to meet ours this May half term?

Step back in time at the Mary Rose this May half term!

"Brilliant all round. Kids loved it."

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Mary Rose Family

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.

Mother and Son on Top Deck
Trail Booklet
Prepare for adventure!

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! 

Downloads For Families
Can't make it to Portsmouth?
There's no reason to miss out, download our worksheets and models and experience some of the world of the Mary Rose at home!

What's On this May half term?

Meet Henry VIII! 30 May - 04 Jun 2022
Meet England's most infamous monarch!

Meet legendary Tudor king, Henry VIII, at the Mary Rose Museum this May half term.

What better way to celebrate one monarch’s jubilee by meeting the most notorious English monarch that ever graced our shores! King Henry VIII could be sauntering through the historic dockyard, checking up on his beloved...

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Craft your own crown and shield! 30 May - 03 Jun 2022
Arts and Crafts this May Half Term

Feeling crafty? Come and join us at the Mary Rose Museum to make your own crown and shield. Inspire yourselves with heraldic symbols like those used by the knights of old, or get creative with your own designs.

This half-term activity is FREE with a valid Mary Rose Museum ticket,...

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EXPERIENCE 1545 - When their world ended

NEW FOR 2021!

Re-live the final moments on board the king's favourite ship in our new experience for 2021!

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Family fun all year round!

There's always plenty for families to enjoy at The Mary Rose.

Some events may need to be curtailed to ensure that we adhere to the very best of health and wellbeing routines during your visit, due to COVID-19

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Can you Foil the French?

There are plenty of interactive touchscreen games at The Mary Rose, allowing you to feed the crew, fight the French and even listen to musical instruments only found on the ship!

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Meet Hatch!

Say hello when you see Hatch, the ship's dog whose skeleton was found outside the carpenter's cabin!

 

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Dress like a Tudor!

Our dressing up area is popular with all ages, so why not see how you'd look sat on the throne?

 

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Reckon you have the strength to pull a Tudor longbow?

Henry VIII's archers had to shoot 12 arrows in a minute - could you manage that?

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Dare you visit the surgeon's table?

The Mary Rose carried a surgeon to deal with all the injuries the crew faced. Get closer to his tools, and discover how they were used - not for the faint-hearted!

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The Mary Rose Today
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE MARY ROSE

If you visited the Mary Rose on a school trip in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s you may have memories of through sprays and 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 artefacts are now in a state-of-the-art museum and the ship is easier to see and understand, with new displays, lights and sounds!

VISITING

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.

FOOD

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.

LIGHTING

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.

Blue Peter badges

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.

More information about visiting the museum

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Maps and trails
We have a number of useful maps, trails and other downloads that can help enhance your visit to the Mary Rose.
If you have any further questions about visiting The Mary Rose please do not hesitate to contact us.

+44 (0) 23 9281 2931

The Mary Rose
Main Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3PY

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We're signed up to the Kids in Museums manifesto, which means we strive to make everyone feel welcome to the museum.

What is the Kids in Museums Manifesto?

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.