Scouting and Guiding Groups


Brand new workshops for Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Guides and Brownies at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Delve deeper into our museums and discover more about the story of the Royal Navy!
This includes possible badge links to communications, remembrance, local knowledge, art and culture and many more.

Please contact or 02392 894553  for more details and how to book a workshop visit.

Movie Makers!
Explore HMS Alliance after normal opening hours and become budding movie makers using our iPads to help make a submarine inspired movie trailer. Then watch it on the big screen and we will then email it back to you! £80 for a 2 hour visit including access to HMS Alliance. Maximum of 35 young people.

Torchlight tours
Enjoy tours of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum galleries including HMS Holland I (the Royal Navy's first ever submarine) and World War Two veteran submarine X-24, get the chance to peer through the museum's periscopes to get a night time view of Portsmouth Harbour, handle real submarine artefacts and take part in some horrible but funny science of submarines science experiments!  Minimum of 15 young people required with a maximum of 35. £4 per person.

Horrible Science of Submarines Show:
The Horrible Science of Submarines show is an outreach science show that we offer to different groups including brownies linked to the horrible but funny side of living on submarines. This show includes lots of audience participation, different science experiments looking at pressure, submarine design and dressing up both as submariners and cockroaches. The show is approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour and we charge  £50 for the show plus mileage from the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to your venue and back. This can be run on an evening to suit your group.

National Museum of the Royal Navy

NEW FOR 2018!

Captains of the Antarctic
Linking with Hampshire Scout Expeditions discover how the Royal Navy has explored the coldest parts of the world by trying out the blubber glove challenge, what NOT to wear in the cold, design and build a polar ship, design your own polar medal and learn more about Royal Navy explorers who discovered Antarctica.

See the sledge on display used to rescue and recover the bodies of Scott of the Antarctic’s team in the HMS Hear My Story Galleries and see the Robert falcon Scott statue. Subject to availability meet our senior conservator who has recently returned from Antarctica and meet the team from HSX who will be going to the frozen continent in November. £80 for the 2 hour workshop, for up to 35 young people.

Sea Girls – Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals
Discover the stories of women who have served in the Royal Navy over the past 200 years from the times of HMS Victory through to today, the group investigate these stories using interactive multimedia kit bags, then using this information they then produce their own news reports using our iPads. These reports can then emailed back to the group leader. They also have access to the exhibition and subject to availability get to interview some ladies who served in the WRNs.

Attic investigators!
Explore our Georgian storehouse attics not normally open to the public and delve into artefacts not on display. See how these buildings were built and what they were used for and take crayon rubbings and photos to record evidence of our artefacts.

Young Sailor Heroes:
Uncover the stories of 4 young people from two of the biggest Royal Navy sea Battles. From the battle of Trafalgar to Jutland in 1916 use the multi-sensory packs to uncover the evidence of young people who were at the heart of the action and their stories of bravery and courage. Devise and make your own news reports showing their stories on our ipads which can then be emailed back to the group afterwards.

Additonal Dates added for 2019:

Sleepover at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in 2019!
The evening consists of the group arriving between 6-6.30pm, however this is flexible, we can also run them on Saturday evenings. they receive a briefing from Royal Navy HQ about a submarine going ‘missing’ and they then work together in 4 watches to discover more about HMS Alliance and the history of submarines. Each group spends 20-25 minutes doing a rotation of 4 activities (each lasting 20-25 minutes).

These consist of going on board HMS Alliance to become the submarine’s newest crew members through various role play jobs, a gallery trail to research into the history of submarines and life on board, undertake a submarine search and rescue mission and finally build and test a cola powered submarine to see if it works. There is also time the following morning to explore the galleries before the group departs at 0845am.

The group then gathers back together and sets out their kit / sleeping bags and roll mats on the ground floor of the main museum building before settling down to watch Night at the Museum or a film of your choice from a range of DVDs on the big screen. The group then sleeps over and then the following morning a cereal breakfast is served including a choice of cereal, fruit and muffin, tea, coffee and squash. Tea and coffee is provided for leaders throughout the evening.

Young people charged £28 each with adults and leaders free. Additional dates for 2019 are: 19 April, 24 May, 19 July, 27 September, 18 October, 22 November and 13 December.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands