Do I need to book? Open or Close
We are open daily from 10am to 5.30pm April to October and 10am to 5pm November to March (except 24-26 Dec). Workshops usually run during term time weekdays, but special arrangements can be made at other times, including weekends.
How can I make sure a visit is right for my pupils? Open or Close
We encourage teachers to make a free planning visit to the Mary Rose. That way you can preview the resources, plan your work, devise your risk assessment and purchase any follow-up work material. For free entry, bring along proof of your teacher status. You are welcome to bring your family too. If you would like to meet a member of our Learning Team during your visit, please call us on +44(0) 2392 812931
What workshops are available, and are they curriculum based? Open or Close
We provide sessions for history, science, literacy and maths, in which you can use our facilities and equipment to really bring the subject to life. For instance, we have replica artefacts for handling and dressing-up clothes. So our workshops offer much more than is possible in your school classroom, enhancing your visit hugely.
Our state-of-the-art Learning Centre offers a range of activities covering Tudor history, history of medicine, materials science, physics, conservation chemistry, how science works, mathematics and archaeology. We offer curriculum based, level appropriate activities across all five key stages.
How do I ensure a successful visit? Open or Close
Please make sure that all the pupils are accompanied by adults and supervised at all times. It’s worth briefing any accompanying adults on the arrangements you have made before arriving. Museum staff are on hand to help your day run smoothly. During workshops the session leader will run the activity. The behaviour of the pupils remains the teacher’s responsibility. Sessions work best when the teachers and adults are actively involved with the activities.
The more prepared pupils are for the visit, the more they will get out of it. You will find a range of downloadable resources on our website, including ideas for pre and post-visit activities. Your pupils may also enjoy our interactive webpages.
Is there a shop for the students to visit? Open or Close
Yes. The museum shop has plenty of pocket money items for sale and our staff are happy to help young customers with small amounts to spend. Please help the shop staff by taking pupils into the shop in small, supervised groups.
What if I have pupils with special needs? Open or Close
Thanks to our partnerships with two local special schools, we have made significant changes to the museum and our learning programme to improve access.
The workshops are designed to be accessible for everyone. please let us know about any pupils with special needs at the beginning of the session. We can tailor workshops to your needs, and there is a special workshop focusing on Tudor clothes and eating and drinking that is designed for pupils with special needs.
The entry for carers is free.
How do I get there? Open or Close
If you’re coming by coach, you’ll find a drop off and pick up point outside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is provided by Portsmouth City Council. Minibus parking is also available. A charge is made for these facilities, which we can add to the cost of your booking if you wish.
Portsmouth Harbour Train and Bus Stations are 5 minutes walk from the Dockyard entrance.
Ferry terminals for Gosport and the Isle of Wight are nearby.
What do I do when I arrive at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard? Open or Close
Please check in at the Visitor Centre. Payment must have been made in advance. Make your way to the far end of the Historic Dockyard – you’ll find us just behind HMS Victory.
If you’re running late please call us on 02392 812931. We’ll try our best to reschedule your booking.
Can the children bring bags? Open or Close
Of course. Please be aware that the Historic Dockyard is part of a working naval base, so all bags may be inspected on arrival for security. Make sure pupils keep their bags with them at all times.
Can we take photographs? Open or Close
You are welcome to take photographs in the workshops. You can also take photographs in the museum, provided you don’t use a flash.
Can we have a meal at the museum? Open or Close
Yes, there’s a café at the museum as well as picnic tables at points around the site. Boathouse 7, which is situated about 50m from the museum, can be booked in advance for eating your own packed lunches. Please note we have no facilities to store packed lunches.
What about First Aid? Open or Close
There are trained staff available to offer First Aid if anyone needs it. Please ask a member of staff if you need help.
Are there toilets at the museum? Open or Close
Yes there are toilets in the Mary Rose Museum. In an emergency please ask a member of staff for help.
What happens on a Museum Discovery Visit? Open or Close
Self-guided visit. Pupils should be split into small groups with an adult to move around the museum. Please note a one-way system is in effect. There are plenty of original artefacts to see as well as hands-on resources and AV material. Guides are on hand to answer pupils’ questions.
What do I do about Risk Assessment? Open or Close
Free entry for teachers is provided to enable you to create your own risk assessment. Give us a ring if you have any major concerns.
How long will a visit to the Museum last? Open or Close
We recommend between 1.5 -2 hours to get the most out of the museum, although you can spend more or less time depending on your schedule.