Our 100,000th visitor was Sue Coombs from Salisbury!
She and her Family, her husband Jeff and son Josh, were presented with a bottle of Danebury Sparkling Wine.
The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has welcomed its 100,000th visitor, just 8 weeks since the doors first opened on 31st May.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has hosted over 160,000 national and international guests finding themselves drawn to find out more about our rich naval heritage on offer – discovering more about HMS Victory, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations, HMS Warrior 1860 and of course the newest (and oldest) addition to the family – The Mary Rose.
The 19th July 2013 marked the 468th anniversary since she sank in the Solent in 1545, with a minute of silence observed at the museum to remember the crewmen that lost their lives. Visitors have been drawn to see the famous hull, united with many of the 19,000 artefacts for the first time since they were recovered from the sea in 1982.
The 30th of May 2013 saw an opening fit for Henry VIII himself – the launch event saw a wreath depicting a Tudor rose cast into the waves of the Solent at the site of the sinking. Purbrook Archers launched a volley of flaming arrows into the sea off Southsea Castle and the band of HM Royal Marines played as a fanfare rang out.
Unveiled from behind a 240m2 Tudor Standard, all eyes were on the Mary Rose as the brass bell that once hung on board the ancient flagship, was carried through the doors by crew members of HMS Duncan, the newest ship in the modern Naval fleet.
Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust, Rear Admiral John Lippiett said, “This is a phenomenal number, we are absolutely delighted that so many people have visited the new museum since we opened our doors just eight weeks ago. To see their reaction to what we have achieved is wonderful and is a great credit to everyone’s hardwork in building this remarkable museum”.
Paul Griffiths, Head of Operations at The Mary Rose Museum said, “I am delighted to welcome our 100,000th visitor. People have flocked to Portsmouth from around the world and we have been so pleased with the response. It’s been hard work for my wonderful team of staff and volunteers but their response to the challenge has been tremendous and I am extremely proud of them. We now look forward to next 100,000!”
You can buy your tickets for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard online or at our Visitor Centre where you’ll be invited to book a time-slot for the Mary Rose Museum.
Ticket and visiting information is available on www.historicdockyard.co.uk