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Explosion Museum Venue Hire

Explosion Museum

Tucked away in Gosport, Explosion Museum sits on the historic Priddy’s Hard. For meetings, the conference hall and boardroom are situated separately from the museum galleries and are available for exclusive use throughout the day and evening.

For a more unusual conference venue, or a memorable dinner space for up to 150, try exclusive hire of the stunning 18th century Grand Magazine, a gunpowder store originating from 1771. The space boasts a magnificent vaulted ceiling and beautiful Georgian wood floors.

The Grand Magazine is an 18th Century powder storage facility that could hold up to 4500 barrels of gunpowder in its heyday and supplied HMS Victory for the Battle of Trafalgar. This listed building is a great venue that holds up to 84 cabaret style, 150 people for a sit down meal banquet style or theatre style event, or 200 people for a standing reception.
From wedding ceremonies and receptions to military dinners and awards ceremonies it can be the perfect place to host your celebration or event.  With Victorian wooden floors, 8 foot thick original brickwork walls and stunning arched ceilings, the whole effect creates a magnificent surprise as your guests walk through the entrance from The Rolling Way in the Explosion Museum itself.
With exclusive access to the Museum Galleries in the evening, photo opportunities are fantastic whatever the weather. With Polaris and the Exocet missile, torpedoes, cannons and Gatling guns to pose with or just as a space to explore and hear about the social history of Priddy’s Hard, and see and read about the evolution of naval warfare from gunpowder to the retired big gun from HMS Liverpool.
There is a great external space outside of the Museum Galleries and whether you want to host welcome drinks on the Camber Basin or just need a place for guests to relax during your event, this scheduled ancient monument provides a tranquil place to sit back and watch the world go by or even host a private firework display. Looking out across the water you can take great photos with a backdrop of yachts moored just off the shore and with views across to Portchester Castle, Whale Island, and Portsmouth Harbour, you can make memories to last forever.

For more information please email the team or call 02392 505602


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