Mary Rose Museum re-opening on 20th July 2016
The Mary Rose embarks upon the next stage in her long and remarkable history.
Visitors to the new-look Mary Rose Museum will see stunning panoramic views of the ship from all 9 galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main Decks. On the Upper Deck, they will breathe the same air as Henry VIII’s warship for the first time in 23 years, with only a balcony between them and the hull.
For the first time since she was raised from the Solent in 1982 visitors can now share the same space as the Mary Rose, entering the Upper Deck through an air lock, allowing you to experience the full splendour and magnitude of the Mary Rose.
The only 16th century warship on display in the world, the Mary Rose has been under-going continuous conservation since she was raised in 1982. The hull was first sprayed with a mist of fresh chilled water and then with a water soluble wax from 1994. In April 2013 the Mary Rose entered a stage of controlled air-drying. The hull has now reached a stable state within this drying process which allows the black drying ducts to be removed. This lets you to see the Mary Rose in all her glory, unobstructed for the first time in over 34 years!
Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust said ‘We are delighted that our project works are almost complete and that visitors will be able to see stunning views of the Ship from all 9 galleries from 20th July. This is the culmination of decades of hard work by the Mary Rose team and we can’t wait to share the new experience with everyone’.
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