National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

Discover how the Royal Navy helped shape the modern world through stories of courage and determination, enterprise and endeavour, heroism and sacrifice.


Christmas opening times

24 - 26 December (Closed) 
27 December (Open from 10am) 
New Years Eve and New Years Day (Open as normal) 

Opening times:

Winter (November to March)

10am - 4.15pm Daily

Open every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day


Summer (April to October)

10am - 5pm Daily




How to Find Us

Located within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, a five-minute walk (approximately 130 metres) from the Visitor centre. 

The entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is through Victory Gate at the corner of Queen Street and the Hard.


Getting to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard



The Historic Dockyard is less than 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M27.  Follow the brown Historic Waterfront signs from the M275 into Portsmouth.

The postcode for satellite navigation devices is PO1 3LA


Car parking

The Historic Dockyard Car Park has 17 disabled parking spaces and 278 parking spaces.  

The entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is located approximately 100 metres from the Car Park.

For more information, details of car parking charges and alternative car parking sites see the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website


Bus & coach

Many local, regional and national bus and coach services stop at the Hard Interchange, located next to the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.



Portsmouth Harbour station is a five minute walk (130 metres) from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.



There are ferries from Gosport and the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth Harbour Hard exchange, located approximately 100 metres from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For more information on travelling to the Dockyard see the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website



Due to security restrictions, visitors are unable to leave bicycles unattended on the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site.

Bike racks are available just outside Victory gate, alongside the Hard.


Location of the museum within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The museum is approximately 130 metres from the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor centre. 

Museum galleries are located within three buildings alongside Victory Arena, opposite HMS Victory. 

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Nelson's funeral barge

The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.