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Family fun at 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.

Upcoming events at the Mary Rose Museum

The changing face of the Mary Rose

If you visited the Mary Rose Museum 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.

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!

1980s – The ship was sprayed with water, and visitors got very wet! Originally displayed on her side, the ship was turned upright in 1986.
1990s – The ship was put behind glass as the ship was sprayed with polyethylene glycol, a wax that would prevent the ship ‘s timbers from shrinking when they dry. The ship remained this way until the ship hall closed in 2009.
2013 – The sprays were turned off, and the ship was dried with ducting, which meant the shiphall could only have small windows to keep the temperature regulated. The ship was displayed this way until 2015.
Today – The ship is fully revealed, with glass walls on two levels and open air between you and the ship on the top level of the Museum.