The Marines Museum is at the Eastney end of the Southsea seafront. A lovely walk on a nice day but also has parking if driving. The entrance is marked by a much larger than life bronze statue of a Royal Marine.
The museum is very well laid out and has several audio and video displays as well.
Start your visit by viewing the video history of the marines which quite sensibly is at the starting point of the museum. This is very interesting and well presented. Although when Gibraltar is featured the model of The Rock which is in the room lights up with sounds of a battle. This can prove distracting from the main video. The volume is a little loud and drowns out the commentary.
The museum is laid out in a chronological order so working through the history as you progress through.
The Bar scene near the start of the tour proved absolutely fascinating for those that had not previously visited. It centres on the only female marine. I will give no more details here and leave you to experience this audio visual display. Wonderful stuff.
The area on the recruiting and training for the Marines is very well displayed and has several audio visual features giving good plain explanation by those that have served.
The other displays include among other era; WWI, Jungle warfare which includes a live snake and opportunities to handle weapons and feel the weight of a marines burgen when full. Ouch!!!
The medal display is outstanding and for those with an interest in this area offers a vast array of medals.
The Band display is a good place to sit and enjoy a video and music by the Marines Band. the bandsmen and women do not just play music, they have a real role in the event of a conflict. There is also quite an array of instruments.
Although not really part of the museum tour you should step into the main hall at the bottom of the stairs and look up. I will, again, leave you to experience this for yourself. As a matter of interest this room can be hired for functions including weddings. No I am not a member of the museum trying to sell you something.
Of course there is also a gift shop.
Either at the start of you tour or at the end there is the Quartermasters Cafe that serves good coffee and food. Sandwiches and hot food and on a Sunday a good roast.
I have enjoyed many visits to this museum over the years and taken my children, grandchildren and several friends who have been surprised at the high standards at the Royal Marines Museum.
Although the "Sort of visit" asks for a single item of whether my visits were ; Couples, Family,Friends Business or Solo I have visited as a couple, family, Friends with children including teenage and just friends. All had a good educational visit.
PS: Apologies but I do not know about wheelchair access so suggest you contact the museum should you need to know.
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