Due to uncertainty around changing COVID regulations and the potential impact of sickness within our teams; NMRN may be required to adjust opening hours or close sites at short notice. Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid this and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. 

Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt.

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First preview of new £4.5m remembrance exhibition

Artist impression of new HMS gallery


The doors are being opened for visitors to get the first glimpse of a new £4.5m remembrance exhibition during the HMS Community Day at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 18 May between 1 – 4pm. During this event visitors will be able to see up close artefacts, archives and photographs that will go on display in the new exhibition HMS – Hear My Story which is due to open Spring 2014.

Vicky Ingles, Collections Manager at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth said, “It is an exciting time for the Museum. After working for months on the HMS project, it is really great to see the development taking shape.

This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to get close and handle some the artefacts before they go into their display cases for the HMS exhibition.”

Entrance to the HMS Community Day is free. Other activities on offer include the opportunity to find out how to research family members who were in the Royal Navy and take part in family naval inspired games such as knot making.

HMS – Hear My Story is a new exhibition that will tell the undiscovered stories from the ordinary men, women and ships which have made the Navy‘s amazing history over the last 100 years.  HMS is also an exhibition where local people are invited to take part by sharing precious personal memories about their experiences of the Royal Navy. 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard remains open to visitors during the construction of HMS.  For more information about the HMS Community Day,  the HMS project and how to share a story contact 02392 727574 or email.

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