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.


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  • Friday, 21 January 2022 - 4:24pm

    History on your doorstep: how a simple photograph brought the women of Devonport ropery to life.

    In the 1860s, dockyard roperies introduced rope making machines capable of producing metres at a time. Operated by women as a form of cheap labour, they saved dockyards up to £446 (approximately £55,590 today) per year.

    In 2007, Devonport Naval Heritage Centre received a photograph of twelve female workers of the ropery gathered for a rare, staged portrait. Unlike any image in the collection, volunteer Bob Cook launched a curatorial investigation.

  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022 - 4:25pm

    An introduction to this important anniversary

    HMS Victory was moved into her final resting place a century ago at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, dry dock no. 2.

    The ship’s custodian, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, has ambitious plans for the next step of the iconic national treasure’s conservation.

    As well as this, a raft of new visitor experiences are coming across the wider museum group in Hartlepool and Somerset in 2022.


  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021 - 1:41pm


    National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
    18 December 2021 to 5 January 2022 we are open 10am to 5pm, except for the following dates...

    24-26 December - Closed

    1 January - 11am to 5pm

    Please note Waterbus and Harbour Tour times can be found on the board on arrival. Sailings vary per day according to the time, tides and weather.


  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021 - 12:28am

    Excavating wrecks - Should we, shouldn’t we?

    Part 3 – A tank of water big enough to hold a wreck

    What does conservation mean?

    Archaeological excavation leads to historic objects going through a process of conservation.

    What does conservation actually mean? The popular perception might be, the conservation of a natural landscape, or the restoration of a family heirloom like those we see on the BBC’s ‘Repair Shop’.

  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021 - 12:06am

    Excavating wrecks - Should we, shouldn’t we?

    Part 2 – To excavate, or not to excavate?

    When we excavate an archaeological site we disturb it, by digging it up and removing the remains. The process can’t be reversed. So, Should archaeologists excavate a site even if by excavating there is a calculated risk that they may irreversibly change it?

  • Monday, 20 December 2021 - 11:47pm

    Excavating wrecks - Should we, shouldn’t we?

    Part 1 – Two wrecks, both alike in dignity.

    Sunken wrecks are amazing, hidden worlds looming out of the underwater gloom. It makes us want to find out more, but is the pursuit of knowledge always a good thing?

    This blog aims to address some of the moral dilemmas that archaeologists and museums face when excavating wrecks. We will ask you some of the questions we ask ourselves when dealing with these dilemmas.


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