History of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

The NMRN came into existence in 2008 and was formally launched to the world in September 2009, with a ‘ broadside’ from HMS Victory – but this recent spate of activity belies a history of a naval museum in Portsmouth  stretching back over 100 years.

The NMRN was formed because The Navy Board had a requirement to tell the entire Naval story and felt that it should be told with wit,skill and with enterprise and be an adventure to all. The NMRN now embraces 5 museum sites; the National Museum in Portsmouth, the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.  The First Sea Lord’s Flagship, HMS Victory is now both a part of the National Museum and we are very lucky to have 5 affiliations: HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool, the Frigate Unicorn in Dundee, Coastal Forces Heritage Trust, collocated with us in Portsmouth, the Wellington Trust in London and the Medusa Trust.

 

HMS Victory fires a mock broadside to celebrate the new National Museum of the Royal Navy
HMS Victory fires a mock broadside to celebrate the new National Museum of the Royal Navy
 

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands