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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

Visited having recently heard that a new exhibition had opened showcasing 2 WWII Motor Torpedo boats. Despite both being on site, these weren't on display and no where to be seen or no reference made to them anywhere. The museum is packed with a vast array of military weaponry from all decades and very nicely presented across a series of theme exhibition halls. The old arms depot here has been lovingly restored. The cafe was also reasonably priced and the outdoor seating area a pleasant place to sit and overlook the estuary with a great cup of tea. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the one lady serving and making up the orders single handily. I've given this museum a 4 star as despite being very well orchestrated, there is just something missing from here. Coupled with the very high entry fee for an adult of 24£ (at the time of review) which doesn't include an annual pass, I cannot justify giving this a 5 star review. Had I paid 24£ for entry, it would've been a 3 star review. If you like reading all the displays, the entire experience may take a couple of hours. I generally glance at each and as a result, I was in there just over 30 minutes.

Date of experience: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 July 2021

Although located in Gosport, this separate museum is well worth visiting particularly as it can come bundled with the rest of the attractions at the main site in Portsmouth. Access is either by the water taxi over from the dockyard or there is a car park for visitors arriving that way.

The very nature of this museum does pre-suppose an interest in the subject. If the names Oerlikon and Bofors mean anything to you, this is your place ;-) There is lot of weaponry on display from the earliest muskets right up to 20th century missiles and rapid fire defence systems. There is an Exocet - which should bring back memories of one particular conflict.

The history of the site as an armaments factory and the workers is also explained, so the human side of things is covered among the weaponry.

Recommended for military hardware geeks certainly - but also enough to keep the casual visitor interested as well.

Date of experience: June 2021
Thank Hanham V
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Reviewed 29 June 2021

Interesting and part of the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth ticket. Very good value to buy the one ticket and be able to visit so many museums - 2 locaed in Gosport.

Date of experience: June 2021
Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 7 October 2020 via mobile

We went with our son and his wife and the men really enjoy this little museum. It’s very good and nice little cafe .

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank Pinfold31
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Reviewed 10 April 2020

Exhibitions had plenty on show, however we felt there wasn't much explanation of the difference between each of the items and as time went on we felt like it was just more and more of the same. Some good information about mines, how they are tripped differently. There were a number of hands on activities for children so it was relatively interactive. Maybe just not our cup of tea.

Date of experience: June 2019
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