Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose Museum information

Location
Portsmouth , England
Address
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
More information
www.maryrose.org
Prices
adult/child £18/13
Opening hours
10am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 5.30pm Nov-Mar
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The raising of the 16th-century warship the Mary Rose in 1982 was an extraordinary feat of marine archaeology. Now the new £35-million, boat-shaped Mary Rose Museum has been built around her. It showcases the massive hull which can be seen from tiered galleries reconstructing life on each deck, using some of the 19,000 artefacts that were raised with her.

This 700-tonne floating fortress was Henry VIII's favourite vessel, but she sank suddenly off Portsmouth while fighting the French in 1545. Of a crew of 400, it's thought 360 died. Items on display range from the military, including scores of cannons and hundreds of longbows, to the touchingly prosaic: water jugs, hair combs, leather shoes and even the skeleton of Hatch, the ship's dog.