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.



  • Monday, 16 August 2021 - 4:01pm

    There are many parts of the Royal Navy's history that haven't been recorded in the way we'd do so now. Life and culture has changed and is continuing to change as the world develops.

    It's important for a museum, managing a collection like ours, to be aware of these changes, and recognise the differences from how information and stories were curated in the past to how it's collected and used in the present day. We want to reflect the past, present and curate whatever happens in the future so we have a much clearer, balanced view of the story and we can share it in the best way...

  • Monday, 16 August 2021 - 2:15pm

    Figurehead Conservation Talks

    Talks at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool capture fascinating history of rediscovered figurehead.

    The four-foot tall figurehead was removed from HMS Trincomalee in 1999, whilst it was undergoing restoration 

    Carefully stored away, the figurehead was rediscovered in 2016 before undergoing conservation and redisplay

    The conservation and display of a wooden figurehead which was rediscovered seventeen years after it was removed from a 19th century Royal Navy ship is the fascinating subject of two free talks at the...

  • Friday, 23 July 2021 - 11:32am

    HRH Prince Michael of Kent visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport and met with curators, conservators and the visitor welcome team.


    The Prince, who last visited in 2016, was accompanied by Executive Director of Resources, Sarah Dennis, General Manager Claire Baverstock and the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson.


    Amongst the highlights of his visit was the opportunity to view the newest exhibition at the museum, Silent and Secret which explores the history of the at-sea deterrent. He also went in Holland 1, to learn more about the...

  • Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 8:00am

    On 19 July 1918 six Sopwith Camels from HMS Furious executed the first attack by aircraft from an aircraft carrier. Seaplane carriers, lighters and decking on gun turrets had earlier enabled aircraft to launch from ships, but HMS Furious had been designed specifically to allow aeroplanes to take off from a deck in front of her bridge.

    HMS Furious 

    HMS Furious was completed on 4 July 1917 and joined the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow for flying trials. In August...

  • Monday, 12 July 2021 - 4:20pm
    •  The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s HMS Trincomalee has been repainted
    • A significant step in the museum’s mission to preserve naval heritage
    •  Visitors can witness this change at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

    HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship afloat in Europe, has received a fresh look this summer through an ambitious repainting project. The repaint has spruced up her exterior while making small alterations, creating a look even more accurate to when she first launched nearly...

  • Monday, 12 July 2021 - 2:15pm

    • Safe arrival, under escort, of two historic Second World War boats herald fit-out of new Coastal Forces exhibition due to open in Autumn
    • Coastal Motor Boat CMB 331 and Motor Torpedo Boat MTB71 will take centre stage in exhibition which will be permanent legacy to Coastal Forces
    • “The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War” tells gripping and relatively unknown story of high-octane, high-speed tactics of the “Spitfires of the Sea.”

    Two Second World War historic boats that made an extraordinary contribution to naval warfare, have been...


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