The Mary Rose Museum is located within Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard alongside Nelson’s HMS Victory, Royal Navy museums, HMS Warrior 1960, harbour tours and lots more. Plenty to do for all the family and kids go free in the Summer holidays!
The story behind the Mary Rose is fascinating. It is a favourite warship of King Henry VIII’s (and outlived many of his wives) that served in many wars against France, Scotland and Brittany before being sunk in battle in 1545 in the Solent.
The wreckage was rediscovered in 1071 and was raised in 1982 by the Mary Rose Trust, in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology.
We had the privilege of meeting Christopher Dobbs (pictured below dressed as a Tudor) who is Head of Interpretation at the museum and was one of the original divers who excavated and raised the ship! This really does bring history to life!
Outside the museum you can also watch
The museum itself is in partial darkness to preserve the artifacts that were all found with the wreckage. It is incredible that no replicas are used and the museum itself is a time capsule of life in Tudor times.
As well as all the non perishables found on the ship as the remains of the people who lost their lives and the museum gives sm insight into their lives in a respectful and informative way.
The museum has lots of interesting facts delivered to appeal to all the different learners. It is interactive and hands on and the boys really enjoyed learning (without realising it!) in the fun and stimulating environment.
They even had a go at fighting as would have happened on the ship.
Whilst you are there you can also join in with the Lego challenge to create a piece of a bigger Lego picture of the Mary Rose in action.
You can an also make your own cannonball to take home.
So if you are on the Portsmouth area don’t miss out on this Summer holiday treat!