The Cabin Play Area

Tha Cabin Play Area in the Learning Centre at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

Families with young children have a space just for them! The Cabin Play Area in the Victory Gallery encourages Under 5s to explore, play, imagine and have fun. There are a range of toys, books, puppets and dressing up clothes as well as an Activity Cart full of creative ideas and ways to find out more about life at sea.

The Cabin is open during museum opening hours with regular Cabin Club events throughout the year.


The Cabin Club

Times: 10.30am – 12noon Mini Explorers (toddling to 5 years) 1pm -2pm Baby Explorers (Birth to crawling)

Fun at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard) for the Under 5s and accompanying adults! Join us for naval-themed sensory play, storytelling, art and craft, singing and gallery exploration.


Friday 25th September   Grandparents Ahoy!                                    

Friday 23rd October        Halloween Special – Torchlight Pumpkin Hunt!

Friday 4th December      Christmas Party


The Cabin Club is FREE for the Under 5s and accompanying adults on the dates listed. No need to book and no ticket required.


Mini Monday Toddler Tours (National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)

11am – 12noon Ages 2-5 years

Come along and join us for short tours just for the under 5’s and their adults. Delving into our sensory Discovery Bag the museum is brought to life with singing, object handling and imagination.

A chance to explore the museum at your child’s pace with a different theme for each tour and play time in the Cabin area included.


Monday 12th October

Monday 14th December

Toddler Tours are FREE but places are limited and need to be booked in advance by emailing or calling 023 9272 7587 Children must be accompanied by an adult. All tours leave from main Museum Reception.


Mini Maritime Movers (National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)

11am-12 noon

A fun filled session of dance, movement and action inspired by ships and the sea!

Monday 14th September

Monday 16th November

Mini Maritime Movers is an activity for 2-5 year olds on the dates listed. £2 per child Booking is essential email or call 023 92 727587



HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands