The Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only museum in the world to display a 16th century warship. The story of the Mary Rose spans almost 500 years. Built in Portsmouth in 1510, the Mary Rose sank during a battle with a French invasion fleet just two kilometres from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour in July 1545.
The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and raised in 1982 by the Mary Rose Trust in the world’s largest underwater maritime archaeological excavation ever undertaken. The ship and its contents would not have been seen again without the dedication and commitment of thousands of people – divers, archaeologists, historians, staff and volunteers. The story of the Mary Rose captivated the nation. Over 60 million people watched on TV as the ship’s hull was raised from the depths of the sea.
To give visitors the best possible experience and sense of history, the museum has been designed to show the unique collection of recovered artefacts in their original context within the ship. Visitors are enthralled by the extensive and priceless exhibition of objects - six galleries tell the stories of the lives and professions of some the crew.
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