Thousands visit The Mary Rose Museum in its first month

POPULAR Visitors at The Mary Rose Museum on its opening day. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131466-11)
POPULAR Visitors at The Mary Rose Museum on its opening day. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131466-11)
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THE latest attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has seen over 50,000 visitors through its doors.

The Mary Rose Museum, which opened on May 31, has welcomed 52,000 visitors through its doors in the first month of its grand opening.

Visitors from around the world have flocked to Portsmouth to see the famous hull of Henry VIII’s war ship and the 19,000 artefacts which were recovered from the Solent in 1982.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of The Mary Rose Trust, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that so many people have visited the new museum since we opened our doors on May 31.

‘The reaction and feedback has been tremendous.

‘The number of visitors we’ve had exceeded our expectations.

‘To see their reaction to what we have achieved is wonderful.

‘It is a great credit to everyone’s hard work in building this remarkable museum.’

More than 12,000 people had visited the new museum in the first week, after it was launched with an eventful day.

Coverage of the launch reached 804 million people globally.

Full of tradition and ceremonies, the launch included a wreath being cast into the Solent at the site of the sinking and the Purbrook Archers firing flaming arrows into the sea off Southsea Castle.

There was also a performance outside the museum and the passing of the ship’s bell.

In the last month, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has hosted 80,000 national and international guests.

With the addition of the Mary Rose Museum, visitors can find out even more about the rich naval heritage Portsmouth has to offer.

Tickets for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can be bought online.

To visit the Mary Rose Museum, visitors need to book a time-slot.