Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • Ginny
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guided tour!
    We are members of the historic dockyards of Portsmouth but never knew this was part of it. First of all, you go on a little boat ride to get to Gosport from Portsmouth. Once there, there is lots to see. We waited 5 minutes for a free guided tour as we thought it might be better for our 12 year old daughter rather than just walk around it. This was definitely the best option. Our tour guide, Gavin Mackay, a very passionate and knowledgeable man, took us round for 1 hour and answered any questions asked. 1 hour just wasn't enough and we actually felt that there could be some guided tours of 1 hour for each little section of the museum as there is so much to learn about. Could this be organised once a month maybe? It was a great introduction to the museum though and I would highly recommend the tour. Thank you Gavin!
    Visited February 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • hddjones
    Gilwern, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Miss the Guided Tour
    Popped along to this by Water Taxi from the Naval Dockyards, and I’m so glad we did. The museum is a fantastic insight into Naval weaponry and our guide - Gavin - brought it all to life with a depth of knowledge and an enthusiasm that left us nothing less than enthralled. Well worth it. Don’t miss it!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Lauren
    Brighton, United Kingdom93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and informative
    This is a great addition to the historic dockyard in Portsmouth. It can be driven to or you can take the boat across from the dockyard and this is scheduled at set times. Unfortunately, some of the interactive displays weren’t available but there was still plenty to see and read about. We also visited the cafe that is located inside the main building and tea and coffee is reasonably priced and there is a small amount of food available also. Well worth a visit especially if you have the all inclusive ticket as part of the historic dockyard.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Ibrahim G
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go, if you like the history of things that explode
    This was the second place to visit on our second day at the Historic Dockyard. Again, this is another interesting place to visit being the former munitions site. Plenty of stories from the past about the site and various interactive bits about munitions, guns, other things that explode and what fires them.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Ed Mozley
    Moscow, Russia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, informative and would love to go back!
    This hidden gem is really well worth a visit and I fear if more people don’t then it won’t be around for too many years more. There is so much to see from early cannons to modern day missiles, torpedoes, sea mines and nuclear weapons and much more! The tour we had from the magnificent Gavin was brilliant. He really knows his stuff and clearly cares about it all so deeply. Great for adults and kids alike.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Gary E
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day for a day out and to learn about Navel firepower/and the history off the site
    Just spent a wonderful day t the Navel firepower museum near Portsmouth, Was great at the main entrance by a wonderful lady called Heidi who greats everyone like an old friend and has most beaming smile, she was fully of helpful information about the museum. Spent a few hours going are the site which has some vert good exhibits plus interactive touch screens to pass on more info, also included in the price of our ticket was the water taxi to the Navel site ( taxi is seasonal ) spent a few hours there as well looking at the departure of 1 of the trough deck carriers. But like I said the highlight of the visit was Heidi with her beaming smile and friendliness'. will look forward to return back there sometime soon.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Oedi
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom59 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensivly Lacking Detail
    I went with high expectations but was disappointed. Firstly, the pricing structure. The cheapest ticket we could buy was an Adult Attraction Day pass for £34 each. While this enttled us to visit the other two Naval Museum sites in the area, it was very expensive if limited for time. Secondly, this site is about 20 minutes walk north from the Gosport ferry terminal. The submarine museum is 20 minutes walk south of the ferry terminal. So, to see both of the Gosport sites is a minimum of 60 minutes walking if you dont have transport. There is a river bus that travels between the sites, but our ticket did not give us access, and we could not buy separate tickets. So we were forced to walk or get a road bus. Lastly, the museum otself has some nice exhibits, but a lot of the interactive exhibits were broken or just didnt work. Also, there was very little detail about the exhibits and, in some cases, none at all. This left us frustrated and underwhealmed. If we had paid £34 just for this site, this would have been a 2 star review.
    Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback. We would like the opportunity to find out how we can better assist you in the future. If you are willing, please contact us on reviews@nmrn.org.uk. ^NH
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Stephen A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Fantastic and informative. You should give enough time (at least half a day) to give it the justice it deserves…. It’s undersold by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard who should encourage it as a visit on its own merits….thank you Gavin and all other volunteers.
    Hello Stephen! Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! We can't wait to see you again, have a great day. ^NH
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Andy C
    41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of history and undercover
    Really interesting to learn about the history of the site. Find the mouse trail to keep the kids entertained although you may need help to find the one in the big gun room!!! Visited with 10, 8 and 4yr old. Enthusiastic staff. Sadly the watertaxi/boat doesn't run from Portsmouth during the off season on the weekday (possibly not at weekends either) so you will need to drive around to Gosport to see this. Free car parking and cafe onsite.
    Hello there, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We are always more than happy to assist you if anything else comes up. Take care! ^NH
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Gary&lynn
    Salisbury, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plesant afternoon mums birthday treat.
    Just had a great time at this museum, again I was greated like an old friend by the wonderful Heidi who also greated my parents with the same welcoming smile she show unto me . My dad had his mobilty scooter and found the museum was well thought out with wide corridoors and rooms and access to exhibts , the only downside to todays visit was we were unable to see the night raiders exhibtion this was due to saff shortages (weather ) the 2nd problem was the noise that was generated via the interactive exhbit ( how many rounds can you load in 1 minute) this was near a tv presentation explaining how gun crews work, we tried to listen to what was being said but had to give up ( It might be an idea if that exhibt could be resited else where in the hall or plastic blocks use to reduce noise ). Both parents has a great time looking and reading about all the exhibts. Again a vvvvvery big thank you Heidi for the most warmest of elcome you gave my parents. looking forward to seeing u and the rest of staff in furture visist.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit, though we acknowledge your feedback and we will ensure this is shared with the relevant teams for their review. We thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did and we hope to see you again soon. ^SF
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 12, 2023
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Twotoneskaman
Chatham, UK2,636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
As per the title we had purchased Ultimate Explorer tickets and the Explosion Museum was included. The massive brick “Grand Magazine” is impressive. We spent about 40 minutes looking around the museum which is very well kept and clean with multiple sanitizer stations dotted around. We were glad that we visited but thought it would have been expensive at £24.00 per person with a single day ticket.
Written October 5, 2021
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sponican
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a really fascinating museum. We were lucky to get the opportunity to take a guided tour with Gavin whose expertise was amazing and was able to really bring the story to life. Gavin was able to customise the tour to suit the interests of the whole party and to make complex subjects accessible and engaging. He has some really exciting ideas for future events which I really hope the museum are able to launch and would be a grat way to learn more - look out for those if you want to explore in more depth.

We were at the museum for over three hours and feel like we have just scratched the surface we'll definately be back. The museum also had a definite community and everyone was super friendly and helpful - especially David who helped us when we had arrived having failed to bring our annual passes. David took time to find us on the system and issue us new passes.

Lovely people and a lovely place and there's a brewery next door! Amazing. We will be back.
Written August 21, 2022
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Oedi
Southend-on-Sea, UK59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I went with high expectations but was disappointed.

Firstly, the pricing structure. The cheapest ticket we could buy was an Adult Attraction Day pass for £34 each. While this enttled us to visit the other two Naval Museum sites in the area, it was very expensive if limited for time.

Secondly, this site is about 20 minutes walk north from the Gosport ferry terminal. The submarine museum is 20 minutes walk south of the ferry terminal. So, to see both of the Gosport sites is a minimum of 60 minutes walking if you dont have transport. There is a river bus that travels between the sites, but our ticket did not give us access, and we could not buy separate tickets. So we were forced to walk or get a road bus.

Lastly, the museum otself has some nice exhibits, but a lot of the interactive exhibits were broken or just didnt work. Also, there was very little detail about the exhibits and, in some cases, none at all. This left us frustrated and underwhealmed.

If we had paid £34 just for this site, this would have been a 2 star review.
Written October 19, 2023
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Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback. We would like the opportunity to find out how we can better assist you in the future. If you are willing, please contact us on reviews@nmrn.org.uk. ^NH
Written November 10, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rsitch12
Northants113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A hidden gem amongst all the excellent exhibits at the National Naval Museum in Gosport and Portsmouth.
The exhibits and staff are excellent, but special accolades to Gavin, who provided a most absorbing and interesting tour. This covered naval firepower, and the technology behind it, from canons to heat seeking missiles.
Its only a short boat trip from the main dockyard at Portsmouth, and the transfer is included in the price of your ticket if you an Explorer or Ultimate Explorer ticket.
Would love to come back and learn more about naval firepower in more detail if the museum ever put on special events on this topic.
If you can, get yourself there when Gavin is providing the tour (we went on a Sunday afternoon) - well worth it.
Top tip - buy the Ultimate Explorer ticket - well worth the extra that you pay for the ordinary Explorer ticket.
Written January 22, 2023
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Gordon2112
Petersfield, UK851 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
I visited this museum many years ago, not long after it first opened and thought a return visit was overdue. Imagine my shock when we arrived and were faced with a minimum entry price of GBP34 per person!!! No discount for students either. This is completely out of step with other local museums and is completely unjustified. Maybe the management / board of NMRN think this is good value, but it is completely out of reach of most ordinary people, especially at the moment. We left and went to the much more affordable D-Day museum instead. I fear that Explosion's days may be numbered if it continues to price itself out of the market.
Written September 11, 2023
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Ginny
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We are members of the historic dockyards of Portsmouth but never knew this was part of it. First of all, you go on a little boat ride to get to Gosport from Portsmouth. Once there, there is lots to see. We waited 5 minutes for a free guided tour as we thought it might be better for our 12 year old daughter rather than just walk around it. This was definitely the best option. Our tour guide, Gavin Mackay, a very passionate and knowledgeable man, took us round for 1 hour and answered any questions asked. 1 hour just wasn't enough and we actually felt that there could be some guided tours of 1 hour for each little section of the museum as there is so much to learn about. Could this be organised once a month maybe? It was a great introduction to the museum though and I would highly recommend the tour. Thank you Gavin!
Written April 19, 2023
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Gary E
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Just spent a wonderful day t the Navel firepower museum near Portsmouth, Was great at the main entrance by a wonderful lady called Heidi who greats everyone like an old friend and has most beaming smile, she was fully of helpful information about the museum. Spent a few hours going are the site which has some vert good exhibits plus interactive touch screens to pass on more info, also included in the price of our ticket was the water taxi to the Navel site ( taxi is seasonal ) spent a few hours there as well looking at the departure of 1 of the trough deck carriers. But like I said the highlight of the visit was Heidi with her beaming smile and friendliness'. will look forward to return back there sometime soon.
Written September 2, 2023
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Lauren
Brighton, UK93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a great addition to the historic dockyard in Portsmouth. It can be driven to or you can take the boat across from the dockyard and this is scheduled at set times. Unfortunately, some of the interactive displays weren’t available but there was still plenty to see and read about. We also visited the cafe that is located inside the main building and tea and coffee is reasonably priced and there is a small amount of food available also.
Well worth a visit especially if you have the all inclusive ticket as part of the historic dockyard.
Written July 23, 2023
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Bookworm
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
After discovering that the historic dockyard was closed due to Storm damage, we decided to go to explosion for the kids to let off some steam.
After thinking are we on the right path we found the museum tucked away ,
At first thought we did wonder if the museum was the open as from the outside there did appear to be a lot of building activity going on.
We entered the museum and was greeted by a nice friendly lady. She told us all about the museum and what we could see , and pointed out the new addition to the museum which was included in our ticket .
The children enjoyed looking for all the mice which were hidden around the various galleries- though some were rather had to spot.
After an enjoyable 90mins we went to refuel in the on-site coffee shop. The lady serving was very helpful and explained the options available, we had a nice chat about Navy life as it turned out she was an ex veteran and did her training the same time as my niece -I think she said her name was Natasha or Natalie , so I said I’d ask my niece if she remembered her
In all we had a very enjoyable time , we w found Coastal Forces very interesting and reading about those brave young men was very moving.
Written February 24, 2022
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John R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We had a excellent visit to the Explosion Museum last Saturday mainly because of the superb guided tour conducted by Gavin. He has an extensive knowledge of the subject matter at each display. He obviously enjoys what he does and was engaging throughout. The only drawback was the surrounding noise which made it difficult to hear. If there is a way this could be reduced by the guide temporarily that would have made the tour even better.
Written November 15, 2022
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