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“You have to go!”

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards and HMS Victory Tour from London
Ranked #1 of 117 things to do in Portsmouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Mary Rose Museum is home to the Mary Rose and the thousands of artefacts that were recovered from the Solent. Built between 1509 and 1511, The Mary Rose was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside, and was a firm favourite of King Henry VIII. After a long and successful career, she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Her rediscovery and raising were seminal events in the history of nautical archaeology. After a 34 year conservation project, the Mary Rose is now fully on display within her purpose-built museum.
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“You have to go!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Waited 30 years for this and was not disappointed. You have to book a slot to visit the museum which on the face of it looks like you get just half and hour in the museum. They do make you stick to your entrance time but when in you are free to wander and take as much time as you like. We were in there for 2 hours. The Mary Rose can be viewed through windows on three levels, so don't worry if you cant get to a window when you get in there are plenty more and you get ample opportunity. The wonder of this museum/exhibition are the 19000 artefacts that came up with the ship. They look like they were in service yesterday they have been preserved so well. If you have an interest in Tudor or naval history this is a must. I could go on about the various pieces and the reconstructed faces of the cook, the archer etc and of course the bones of the ships dog, Hatch, but go yourself and step back a few hundred years. I will be going again in about 3 years when the Mary Rose will be on full view when she has "dried out"

Visited July 2013
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“Follow up visit to see new building”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Really good day out the new museum is fab with wonderful artefacts to see the only thing I could fault it on was the lack of seats as you really need a seat when you view on 3floors the hard wooden ones that are there are to few and very uncomfortable. But that aside it was a great place.

Visited July 2013
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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“A national treasure”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Timed entry to keep crowds under control. So, be prepared to wait. But it is worth it. Conservation still under way, but we could easily see the remains of the ship. Some of the artifacts are sensational. This is certainly not two-dimensional history. Very well presented and the interactive videos are very helpful. The only gripe is that it's not easy to know what is the direction of travel. So, there is a lot of mingling crowds going every which way and you could easily miss some of the exhibits.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

For those of us who remember the raising of the Mary Rose this was great. Very very interesting museum with lots of artefacts.

Visited July 2013
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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Visited the Mary Rose Museum last week and loved it. My daughter is very much into Henry V111 and spent over an hour and a half going round. Also the guide was really keen to explain things too us and chatted to our daughter for ages. We visited the Mary Rose nearly 30 years ago just after she was pulled from the water so we saw a huge transformation. You must visit and take your time looking round. It is very busy even at 10.30.a.m. A lot of school children. Do use the lift the views of the Mary Rose are really stunning although the journey is very short. There is also a small café inside the foyer reasonable prices.

Visited July 2013
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