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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.
Add the personal touch to your visit. Be met by one of our volunteer guides at the Mary Rose Museum entrance who will introduce the ship and her story. Experience the 1545 Sinking film. Your guide will then explain the layout of the museum to allow you to lead your class around with confidence and answer any questions.
Ideal if you are not able to do a pre-visit. On very busy days, there is the option to bypass the 1545 experience and queue via our school entrance.
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.
A two-part challenge taking a closer look at life on board the ship:
Meet a member of the Museum Management Team.
Suitable for students studying:
Our aim is that all teachers and pupils have a safe and enjoyable experience.
This guide is designed to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible.
We strongly recommend a free pre-visit to the museum to conduct your own risk assessment.
With appropriate supervision and behaviour, there are no significant risks.
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