Thousands visit new Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum on its first day of opening. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131466-9)
The Mary Rose Museum on its first day of opening. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131466-9)
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MORE than 12,000 people have flocked to the new Mary Rose Museum in its opening week.

The attraction, which opened to great fanfare last Friday, has welcomed an astonishing number of visitors from around the world in its first days.

Historic Dockyard bosses hope the museum will see around 400,000 visitors in its first year, bringing a welcome boost to the city’s tourism industry.

Paul Griffiths, the operations manager of the new museum, said: ‘I’m delighted with the amazing success of our first week of opening at the museum.

‘Since we opened to the public last Friday we have welcomed more than 12,000 guests from all across the world.

‘The timed ticket system is working well and we are getting all our guests into the museum within their entrance slot which is pleasing.

‘It has been hard work for my excellent team of staff and volunteers but they have coped really well and have enjoyed the great reaction from the public to our opening.’

The eyes of the nation were on Portsmouth last week when the museum opened after a two-year construction period.

Its launch day saw famous faces descend on the city to praise the project while across the area there were celebrations marking its completion.

The multimillion pound development shows the ship in a way she has never been seen before.

Thousands of artefacts have also gone on display for the first time.

Visitors have the experience of walking through the 
ship as it was moments before the sinking.

Artefacts have been rearranged on a specially-crafted deck to mirror the exact positions they were in before the tragedy.

Opposite that, is the historic hull of the Mary Rose.

To avoid disappointed visitors having to be turned away because of queues, people are able to choose a time slot to guarantee their visit.

For more details and to buy tickets visit historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets.