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Explore the fascinating and powerful world of naval warfare at the award-winning Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.

Uncover the incredible stories of designers, makers, and seaman who worked on armaments over the centuries and listen to first-hand accounts of the munition workers who dealt with dangerous materials.

Housed inside Priddy’s Hard, an 18th Century former Royal Navy armaments depot, you can marvel at missiles, torpedoes, small arms, cannons, and guns as well as the ammunition that was used inside them.

Don’t forget to visit the remarkable new permanent gallery; The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War. Discover the high-risk, high-octane operations of the coastal forces in both world wars.

Museum Open
10am to 4.30pm | Wednesday to Sunday

Open daily during school holidays
Explosion Museum, Priddy’s Hard Heritage Way, Gosport, PO12 4LE
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An adventure for all the family

The Explosion Museum in Gosport is the perfect place for an adventure with family and friends. Discover a range of munitions and artillery from cannons to missiles and learn about the workers that created them.

Wander through the original buildings used to store armaments and weaponry for over 200 years. Immerse yourself in historic displays that tell the story of those who worked at Priddy’s Hard and the weapons they created.

What to see

The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday | 11:30am to 3:30pm

Enter into the high-risk, high-octane world of the Night Hunters in our new exhibition at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.

A wooden map showing the ship maneuvers of the Royal Navy during D-Day

D-Day Map: Operation Neptune

Learn more about one of the largest naval campaigns in history, 'Operation Neptune'. This interactive map, created for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, is based of the original Southwick House Map used to plan the landing at Normandy. 

Plan a visit

By car:

You can access our museum by car and if using a satnav device, please use the address: Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE

Polite notice: Whilst the postcode is correct, satnavs may direct you to the centre of the naval base. Please follow tourism signs for the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower once you've entered Gosport.

Waterbus:

A Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard runs regularly to the museum.

The waterbus operates between 10am to 4pm daily during Summer, unless weather or other operational restrictions apply. During Winter, the waterbus operates under a restricted service, weekends only and subject to weather or other operational restriction.

The Waterbus is, unfortunately, unable to accommodate wheelchairs, due to the unsuitability of the jetty and steps.

A suitable wheelchair can be pre-arranged to meet the waterbus on arrival in Gosport. Please ask a member of staff for details or email enquiries@nmrn.org.uk to confirm availability

Please note that your safety is our number one priority and the sea is subject to change. Due to this, the waterbus may not be running. In the unlikely event, the waterbus stops running when visiting one of our Gosport sites from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will need to arrange alternative travel back. This can be on the Gosport Ferry, which is larger than the waterbus so can operate in rougher conditions, or arrange a taxi from a local company. The National Museum of the Royal Navy will not be able to reimburse you for alternative travel arrangements.

Walking:

You are able to walk between our two Gosport sites. Please note however that this is a 2-mile walk and will take roughly 40 minutes.

We welcome all visitors to the Dockyard and we have tried to make it as safe as possible. However, some of our attractions are historic buildings and ships, and we know that there can be challenges for some visitors.

For those who believe they will be limited in their visit or need extra support, we do offer access restriction discounts, free carer tickets, and on-site additional support.

At Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, you are able to leave your buggy at reception. Please note that your buggy and any items left in the buggy are left at your own discretion and we take no responsibility for anything lost or stolen.

Accessible toilets are available to guests at the museum

Free WiFi is available to our visitors. You will need to sign in and agree to terms and conditions.

Camber Lights Café

Enjoy one of Gosport's best-kept secrets when you visit Camber Lights Café at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Open from 11am to 3pm, relax and unwind whilst enjoying the scenic surroundings of Portsmouth Harbour. Our café is open to all, including non-museum visitors.  

Camber Lights Café serves a variety of sandwiches, hot pasties and sausage rolls, cakes and other tasty treats alongside a wide range of hot and cold drinks. Vegan and gluten free options are available daily, as well as our lunchboxes for younger adventurers.

We source our ice cream from Judes, Winchester. We are eager to stock local from other South Coast suppliers – if you are interested in supplying to our café, please contact us.

Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy on-site.  

Find out more information on our dedicated school visits page.

Groups of 15 or more are welcome at the Explosion Museum.

Contact us to book your group visit today. Call at 023 9283 9766 (opt. 3) or Email groups@nmrn.org.uk

Want to come back and experience the thrills of the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower again?

Book your return visit today!

Guidelines for visitors (2024)

To ensure all visitors to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower have a safe and rewarding experience we have compiled these brief safety notes.  

All buildings and exhibits are assessed regularly and maintained to a high standard, as are equipment and procedures (e.g. fire evacuation). Due to the nature of our attractions, some hazards cannot be avoided but they can be mitigated. They all may have raised artefacts, sharp edges, electrical hazards, fire hazards, trip/fall/slip hazards and rusty/dusty artefacts.  

First aid trained staff are available at all sites. Please approach the nearest members of staff if any assistance is required or an emergency occurs.  

All Front of house staff are trained in evacuation procedures; in the event of an alarm, please follow the instructions given by the staff and volunteers. Do not stop to collect your belongings. The muster point is listed in the corresponding section below. All staff are DBS checked. We have qualified First Aid staff available at all our sites. Please contact a member of staff if you need assistance.  

General site information:  

On Arrival

The General Environment

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower was once part of the Priddy’s Hard MOD site and has undergone many changes over the years. Visitors will encounter uneven surfaces across the site made up of a variety of materials including wood, tarmac and concrete.

While efforts have been made to make the museum as accessible as possible to all visitors, some areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, have restricted mobility or have visual or hearing impairments.  

Security  

The site is protected by 24-hour CCTV. All visitors are responsible for the conduct and health and safety of your group at all times. Although our staff are trained to take the highest care of the health and safety of your group, they are not legally responsible for them. In the event of an emergency evacuation please follow the instructions of staff who are trained to ensure people get off the historic submarine or out of the museum galleries safely and quickly.

Fire Muster Point

Museum staff will direct groups to the nearest muster point.

Conservation and Maintenance Work  

There is always work happening across all our sites to keep our historic ships and buildings safe and well maintained. You may come across areas barriered off during your visit. Please ensure that members of your group do not enter any of these areas.

Hazard Information

It is the responsibility of teachers and group leaders to complete a full risk assessment prior to visiting but common hazards on site include.

  • Outside areas, Main Museum Galleries, and The Night Hunters Exhibition
  • Historic site with uneven surfaces across the site. This includes wood, concrete, tarmac, and decking.  
  • Outside areas are exposed to the elements.
  • Low light levels in galleries to protect collections.  
  • Various hands on interactives in the galleries.  
  • Route from main museum to The Night Hunters building is 160m over uneven surface.
  • Proximity to water on waterbus jetty and on the camber outside cafe.
  • Trip hazards

COVID 19 Guidelines [ Follow present guidance]

Our staff are regularly sanitising our galleries and we have multiple hand sanitiser points throughout our sites  

Please do not visit if anyone in your group has symptoms of COVID 19 or has tested positive. 

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