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.

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


Latest project update from the Royal Marines Museum

In October 2018, we heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund that we were unsuccessful with our bid for the new Royal Marines Museum.

Read the official statement from The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Official statement from The National Museum of the Royal Navy:
We have heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that we have been unsuccessful in our bid for a new Royal Marines Museum. The Heritage Lottery Fund has been an amazing supporter of our work across the country and particularly in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We are very disappointed that our lottery funding bid has been unsuccessful and it is a blow. But we understand that the funding landscape for HLF projects has changed.  The HLF needed to make some very hard decisions and sadly we have suffered for this. All of the bleak reasons why the museum had to move from Eastney are unchanged. It is in the wrong place, the building is unadaptable, it leaks and is in poor condition whilst the collection is in danger of being damaged.

We are committed to opening a new Royal Marines Museum, and work is now underway. We have already raised £3m independently for the whole project. The sale of Eastney will raise a further £2m and the trustees have committed all of this money to opening the new museum. We must raise a further £5m. This will take time. We had planned to open in April 2020. This will inevitably be delayed, probably for at least two years but it is too early to say for certain, when funding is secured we will proceed as quickly as possible. Now is the time for us all to work together and support the need for the Royal Marines to have a museum that is worthy of its 354-year and unique history that recalls the sacrifice and service of the countless thousands of Royal Marines who have supported the nation through the darkest times.

The message is simple; we have £5m and need £5m more to open the new museum. #5MillionMission

Help us reach our goal - donate towards the new Royal Marines Museum today and help us reach our goal of £5m.


For more information on donating or supporting in other ways, email fundraising@nmrn.org.uk.

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