Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reaches one million visitor milestone

Martin Kemp

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The Mary Rose Museum welcomed its one millionth visitor today following its opening just over two years ago.

The honour was given jointly to Peter and Cathy White from Devon, who were presented with a Mary Rose decanter by Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, and given a special tour of the museum including the secondary collection.

Left, Paul Griffiths, head of operations, with Peter and Cathy White, and Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, right

Left, Paul Griffiths, head of operations, with Peter and Cathy White, and Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, right

Rear Adml Lippiett said ‘The Mary Rose Trust is exceptionally pleased to have welcomed this morning our one millionth visitor to the new museum. To reach this figure in less than 28 months is an extraordinary achievement and beats all predictions. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard goes from strength to strength, and the investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the many other Trusts and individual donors who have been so generous has paid off handsomely.

‘It is estimated that the museum has in these last two years earned the region more than twice the cost of the building of the museum. One notable feature is that not only have we received a very large number of national awards, but also we have been exceptionally highly rated by the visitors coming to see us. A remarkable number say that the Mary Rose is the best museum that they have ever visited.

‘The future is exciting, and further improvements to the exhibition will commence later this year.

‘To reach this figure in less than 28 months is an extraordinary achievement and beats all predictions.

‘Portsmouth Historic Dockyard goes from strength to strength, and the investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the many other trusts and individual donors who have been so generous has paid off handsomely.

‘It is estimated that the museum has in these past two years earned the region more than twice the cost of the building of the museum.

‘One notable feature is that not only have we received a very large number of national awards, but also we have been exceptionally highly rated by the visitors coming to see us.’

Since opening The Mary Rose Museum has won more than 20 awards for excellence in design, construction, exhibition, conservation, visitor experience, education and innovation. This includes a special commendation at the European Museum of the Year Awards 2015 and two awards at the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2014 in the Permanent Exhibition and Restoration/Conservation categories.

Phase two of the Mary Rose Museum will improve the visitor experience by providing uninterrupted views of the ship from the walkways as well as from the end galleries at all three levels.

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