The National Museum of the Royal Navy museums and attractions are now open - please check museum pages for opening times.

Pre-booking is essential and we encourage visitors to wear masks for their safety and the safety of others.

HMS Caroline remains temporarily closed. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.



  • Tuesday, 2 November 2021 - 2:21pm

    The outstanding contribution made by a dedicated team of volunteers who worked to help get an exhibition launched on time during the pandemic has been recognised at the prestigious 2020 Marsh Award for Museum Learning event held at the British Museum today, 1 November 2021.

    Thirty-three volunteers from the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust won the South East England regional award for their work on Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The winners will each receive a cash prize of £500, donated by the Marsh Charitable...

  • Thursday, 21 October 2021 - 5:17pm

    Last chance to visit fascinating Diving Deep exhibition and explore the seabed without getting wet this half term

    Join Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a fun-filled half term with hands-on craft activities, the last chance to be transported to the seabed in a fascinating interactive exhibition and Tales of Three Ships storytelling that will keep all the family entertained. 

    On 23rd October from 12pm to 4pm, Red Sauce Theatre presents a special Halloween performance, a tale about a tail, one that was owned by a mystery ship’s cat.
    ‘The Mysterious Tale of a Ship’...

  • Thursday, 21 October 2021 - 9:34am

    • Rare discovery from nation’s flagship put on show from Trafalgar Day as tribute to naval landmark battle 
    • Historic ship team’s wish to discover hidden coin fulfilled
    • 127-year-old coin found nestled beneath huge mast which has been temporarily removed

    Navy Traditions

    A 127-year-old coin placed under the mast of the nation’s historic flagship, HMS Victory as part of a centuries-old sea-faring tradition has been sensationally uncovered and put on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark this year’s Trafalgar Day commemorations on Thursday 21 October. ...

  • Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 4:16pm

    Get into the spooky spirit with spine-chilling storytelling this October half term at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

    Aviation enthusiasts, young explorers and Halloween lovers will be chilled to their bones this October half term by the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s (FAAM) family activities.

    Alongside the four under cover halls, packed full of historic aircraft and thought-provoking exhibits, visitors can also climb aboard some of the aircraft.

    • Break the sound barrier with Concorde 002, the first British – made Concorde, and discover how supersonic flight was achieved.
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  • Tuesday, 5 October 2021 - 6:14pm

    Little-known story of the Royal Navy’s heroic coastal forces in both World Wars told for the first time in major new gallery at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

    • Major new permanent gallery The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War pay tribute to the high-risk, high-octane operations of the coastal forces in both world wars. 
    • Two remarkable surviving historic boats take centre stage in the fascinating permanent gallery, the first of its kind, at Gosport’s Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower 
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  • Thursday, 30 September 2021 - 3:00pm

    About Eliza Bunt

    Eliza Bunt was one of the many women of the 1800s who lived on board Royal Navy ships with their husbands, without actually being listed as crew.

    She was married to a boatswain called John Bunt who in 1816 was appointed boatswain for the Royal Navy dockyard in Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

    On the way to Ceylon, travelling on HMS Minden, Eliza gave birth to a son. It is hard for us to imagine the discomfort of living on board a Royal Navy ship of that era, but to have given birth on one must have been traumatic. At least there was likely a ship...


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