Our busy Learning Department provides learning opportunities for all ages and abilities in the purpose-built Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre classroom and laboratory. School visits, CPD for teachers, family learning and more!
The Mary Rose Museum houses the wreck of King Henry VIII’s flagship alongside thousands of original Tudor objects reflecting all levels of Tudor life. There are two ways to experience the museum:
This completely teacher-led visit allows schools freedom to explore the museum and discover the story of the Mary Rose. Start with the 1545: When their world ended immersive sinking experience. See thousands of real Tudor artefacts and learn about life on board ship in 1545. STEM links include the excavation and raising of the hull, conservation science and the evidence from human remains found on board.
Enter the Mary Rose Museum through our private school entrance. Our team provides a 10-minute introduction to the Mary Rose Museum with an opportunity to ask questions. Glimpse behind the scenes at our reserve collection of artefacts not on show to the public. This option helps teachers to orientate themselves in the museum and prepares them to lead their class around the galleries with confidence.
A fun practical STEM activity investigating why the Mary Rose sank. Was the ship unstable or overloaded? In small teams, load plastic models with weights to test your theories.
As a class try our tipping ship challenge.
Discover life above and below decks on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship.
Handle a wide range of replica artefacts to investigate how differently the officers and crew lived, worked and played at sea.
Dressing up for all with our replica Tudor clothing – bring the camera for a brilliant photo opportunity for the whole class!
Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials and their properties.
Were they fit for purpose?
How do they compare with modern materials?
Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition!
Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life using evidence from the Mary Rose skeletons. A series of hands-on activities is designed to answer the question: Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? Pupils will discover the impact of work, diet and exercise on the crew and the officers.
Meet a member of the Museum Management Team.
Suitable for students studying:
Everything you need to know when planning your visit to the Mary Rose
Get your students some pre-knowledge of the Mary Rose with these downloadable pupil's guides
We require confirmed numbers together with full payment for your booking 21 days prior to your visit to the Mary Rose. Please note, if you have booked workshops, we require 21 days’ notice of cancellation. Cancellation within 21 days will incur charges.