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National Museum of the Royal Navy

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Address: | HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3NH, England (Formerly Royal Naval Museum)
Phone Number:
+44 23 9272 7582
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Well curated, well laid out, and lots to take in - this museum is part of the Historic Dockyard all inclusive ticket and is well worthwhile seeing.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Stroud, United Kingdom

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well curated, well laid out, and lots to take in - this museum is part of the Historic Dockyard all inclusive ticket and is well worthwhile seeing.

Thank malcsaville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to this attraction at the end of our two day tour of the site and where running out of time and energy. This said we enjoyed our visit to this part of the site and would have liked to spend more time their. Recommended to visit earlier so you have time to look around at leisure.

Thank thepassmanYork
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We both love th4e naval museum it presents over 500 years of History from the Mary Rose to the Gulf war and the important role that the royal Navy played in our nations heritage. The annual ticket means that like Arnie we will be back as there ais always more to see.

Thank mintmoocher
St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such is the long history of the Royal Navy then it really is difficult to find sufficient space to fit it all in!. The historic setting of the museum is obviously limited by the building itself. Nevertheless the "time line" is easily followed from the age of sail through to the modern era. Perhaps the museum could extend to other... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Nelson area is well laid out but not the main attraction. By walking throughthe museum you will see how the Royal Navy progressed and how it has become a part of our Armed Services today.

Thank tom g
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Part of the Historic Dockyards at Portsmouth this Museum is rather overshadowed by the Mary Rose and HMS Victory which everyone must choose to visit first and only possibly get around to this Museum at the end of the day. I think it well worth prioritising as there is so much to see and discover.

Thank VerityH221B
Brightlingsea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

I felt given the long history, role and size of the Royal Navy, the museum would be much bigger. Overall, quite small and limited.

Thank NickHC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Full of history, full of artefacts but not dull like some museums can be. It's packed full of history from the start up to the present day. The displays are so well presented and the info doesn't drab on. In fact it gives just enough and keep you engaged. Walking round there are some outstanding models on show. They are... More 

Thank McMu6298
Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

A good museum of the Royal Navy with plenty of exhibits although it is geared a little bit too much towards small children so has been dumbed down a bit too far. Included in the price for the dockyard so worth visiting.

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Bedford UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Amazing amount of exhibits & information laid out in an interesting way that keeps your attention. You probably need to have some prior knowledge of Royal Naval history but still a great experience for anyone.

Thank mikeolive

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