Mary Rose Museum reopens with new event space

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth has unveiled a new events space with views of the conserved hull of King Henry VIII's favourite warship, following a multi-million pound renovation.

The museum, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, re-opened yesterday (20 July) after a six-month closure and multi-million pound makeover which allows visitors to experience new views of the Tudor ship through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks. 


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A new events space, the Admiral’s Gallery, is available for evening hire and can accommodate 100 people for dinner, 110 for a theatre-style presentation or 150 for a standing event. Guests will be in view of the ship and surrounded by artefacts from it. 

All bookings allow exclusive access to the museum and access to the Bridge Balcony, which overlooks the harbour to other historic ships including Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and HMS M.33, the only British warships surviving from the First World War Gallipoli campaign.

Catering partners can offer a range of corporate packages, with prices for drinks receptions starting from £58 a head and dinner packages from around £110 per person. 

The Wardroom Suite, a function room which can seat up to 18 guests for meals and meetings, is available for smaller events.

Paul Griffiths, head of operations at the Mary Rose Museum, said: "Not only are we looking forward to the museum being once again fully open to the public, we are also delighted to be able to offer businesses full use of its stunning facilities."

The Mary Rose, which was built in 1510 and sank in 1545, was raised from the seabed in 1982. 

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