Museum to welcome its 100,000th visitor

Visitors at ''The Mary Rose Museum on its first day of opening. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131466-18)
Visitors at ''The Mary Rose Museum on its first day of opening. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131466-18)
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Just eight weeks after it opened to the public, the new Mary Rose Museum is this afternoon due to welcome its 100,000th visitor.

The state-of-the art museum, which houses the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship, opened its doors on May 31 amidst huge fanfare.

The museum’s popularity means Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has also benefited, with 160,219 visitors walking through the giant wooden gates in The Hard during the same period.

For the first time since the Mary Rose was raised from the Solent in 1982 her relics and the remains of some of her crew are on display alongside the Tudor warship.

The 100,000th visitor is expected to arrive at the museum at some point after 2pm, the museum’s Holly Westwood said.