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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I saw the old Mary Rose exhibition years ago, and it is good to go along and see this new futuristic building, which inside houses the new exhibition. Whereas one only saw 5% of the artefacts before, there are now about 50% to see and they are very well set out. The skulls of a few of the individuals found and the creation of what they may have looked like, along with their posessions and information about their jobs, was fascinating. To walk down the corridors with the drying out Mary Rose, on one side and the ship re-created as it would have been before it sunk the other side gave a real impression of being on board ship.
Eventually the wall between the public and the drying out Mary Rose will be removed, and I cannot wait to come and visit again when this happens.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was our first visit so can't compare it to how it was previously but the views of the ship and the hundreds of items recovered from it made for a fascinating visit. It was very busy when we visited making it difficult to read the item descriptions so try to visit at a quieter time.

2  Thank Libraryfolk
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were very keen to visit the new Mary Rose museum and, whilst being fascinated by the variety and condition of the exhibits on display, we were surprised that despite a high entrance cost and a 'cutting edge' building, there were a number of fundamental issues which detracted from our experience.
From entering the museum at our pre-determined entry time, we were immediately confronted with a queue, as fellow visitors read through the introductory information boards which were all located along a single wall. There was plenty of room for this initial log-jam to have been eased, if the information had been repeated on the opposite wall!
Inside the first exhibition hall, the salvaged section of the historic vessel could be seen, but only through 'viewing windows' along one side of the hall - why couldn't this be a fully glazed wall to relate the hulk to the recovered 'treasures' exhibited on the opposite site of this hall??
The method of display of the recovered artefacts was stuck in the 'stuffy era' - displayed in cases with descriptions in small font, at low level, all in a gloomy light. There was no feeling of space - for example on the gun deck, no manikins showing numbers of men squeezed around the fantastic salvaged bronze cannon/ no feel for the noise or conditions endured on board the vessel. A number of school visits whisked through during our visit and demonstrated that with few interactive exhibits, there was little to draw them into the tremendous history - articles such as the skeleton of the ships dog did however hold their interest!!
The meticulous conservation work necessary to clean/ separate/ preserve these great artefacts was excluded from the displays and the inspirational work of finding the vessel/ recovery from the sea-bed, etc was displayed - in an exit corridor!
Having visited a number of engaging museums, such as Exeter and our home city's SS Great Britain, we felt that so much more could have been made of the ship itself and the wonderful recovered treasures.
It was only on returning home and seeing other reviews that we realised our entry was an 'annual pass', entitling us to return visits - no mention was made on our ticket which could have mitigated the overall impression of an expensive visit!

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The preservation of the artefacts is magnificent and well worth the visit alone. Spoiled however by dreadful crowd management , the atmosphere is hot, slightly too dark for comfort and a little unnerving with so many people pushing against you. The viewing windows are far too small for so many people.. perhaps there is a reason, or did an architect design it! As a high percentage of visitors would seem to be foreign I find it a little strange that all signage and information is only in English. With a few adjustments it could be a much more pleasant experience.

2  Thank PAMELA T
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Mary Rose Museum has been well designed and offers a fascinating insight into the background of the ship and the lives of the crew etc. The layout is over three floors with plenty of opportunity to view both the ship and the artefacts that have been recovered. The narratives are well written and provide a good insight into what life must have been like on the ship. If you are in Portsmouth, a visit is to be recommended

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