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.



  • Monday, 20 December 2021 - 2:54pm

    Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744 is on the road!

    After a fabulous year at the National Museum of the Royal Navy the exhibition Diving Deep HMS Invincible 1744 is on the road, traveling to Chatham Historic Dockyard to be installed and opened in 2022!

    Diving Deep is a National Lottery Funded exhibition about the archaeological excavation of the very first HMS Invincible which sank in the Solent back in 1758.

    In this article we look back and reminiscence about the best bits and the challenges of opening and running an exhibition within a global pandemic.

  • Monday, 20 December 2021 - 12:51pm

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy's year in review 2021

    An introduction to 2021

    ‘Looking back at a year when our museums and ships were only able to open from late May onwards it is amazing what has been achieved by our dedicated staff and excellent volunteers.

    None of it would have been possible either without the visitors who returned in such good numbers and above all without the Royal Navy who support in our mission ‘to inspire engagement with the continuing history of the Royal Navy’ has been vital.’

    Matthew Sheldon, Executive Director of Museum...

  • Monday, 20 December 2021 - 11:30am

    Display of ships bells mark 80th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in British naval history

    The bells retrieved from HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


    • In a sombre commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse on 10 December 1941, the two bells retrieved from the Second World War battleships have been put on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as a memorial to the crew ...

  • 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. ...


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