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“Average”

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower
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$36.76*
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: All Attraction Ticket
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Gosport
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Gosport, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been here on a few occasions as I live locally. It's quite a good museum, but as its not very big you can't make this a day trip. My kids were ready to leave after a couple of hours. They did have a doctor who show once and some activities such as arts a crafts. I would never pay full price to go back.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Gosport, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Magnificent”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This has a terrific array of small arms and traces the history of Naval firepower from early 18th century to modern day.

Visited October 2012
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This museum was packed with weapons through the ages, so much to see, the locker room is brilliant (takes you back in time for those who can remember) I can highly recommend this to all.
The only thing not good is the cafe, take a packed lunch.

Visited June 2013
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Southampton
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not worth our time”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My wife and I visited this past Friday and were quite disappointed by the museum. Thankfully we obtained our tickets through Groupon and didn't pay the full admission price. It must show something about the museum if they can advertise deals as the Groupon one. Bearing in mind, we were the only visitors to the museum and were outnumbered by the staff 2 to 1. The majority of artefacts were interesting to see, however the museum lacked live demonstrations. There is certainly room for improvement

Visited June 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,571 reviews
953 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 630 helpful votes
“Something for Everybody”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Interesting walk from the Gosport Ferry included particularly good views across the Harbour from Forton Lake Bridge. Initial impressions were excellent with a good welcome from an attentive staff and we went first to see the Audio Visual display for a background to the site. This is held in one of the Old Magazines and the thickness of the walls is an indication of the dangers in which work was undertaken. Interested to learn that all the facilities were originally based in Portsmouth but moved to Gosport because of safety concerns. Building took place on what was Jane Priddy’s Farm and hence Priddys Hard. One area that we found especially interesting was the Locker Room where opening individual Lockers told the stories of the general workforce. Whilst some of the exhibits are understandably specialized there is plenty for everybody and it was interesting to come face to face with an Exocet Missile and indeed the outer shell of what would have been a Nuclear Weapon. On a more personal front we enjoyed the story of the Compressed Steam trains where boiling water was run off for The Teapot ! There is a good café that opens out to the harbourside for panoramic views across to The Dockyard and up Portsdown Hill. Open daily April to October and at weekends for the remaining months.

Visited June 2013
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