Rush of visitors expected at new Mary Rose Museum

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PEOPLE are being urged to think ahead to make sure they get a chance to see the new Mary Rose Museum.

The £35m new attraction opens to the public next week.

Preview tours have seen people from all over the world coming for a look at the museum, and there is expected to be a great demand to see it when opened.

Now anybody who wants to visit the museum is being encouraged to book themselves a time slot in advance to guarantee a place.

Paul Griffiths, the operations manager for the museum, said: ‘We don’t want people to be put off if they think it will be too busy, so we’ve gone for time ticketing, at least to start with, to make sure everyone has a chance.

‘I would say to people book your time now because then you know you’ve got your slot and you can relax.

‘The last thing I want is for people to come down to try and get in and find themselves disappointed, so that’s why you can book your time in advance.

‘And the tickets last a whole year anyway so you can come back as much as you want.’

A number of tickets will be available to buy each day from the visitor centre, but these will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are available online and from the Historic Dockyard’s visitor centre.

A time slot for the museum can be booked when you buy your ticket.

Time slots are not transferable so people are asked to make sure they are able to attend at the time they choose.

Historic Dockyard tickets give entry to all dockyard attractions and give you unlimited entry to them for a year.

If you already have one of these tickets, and want to book at time slot to visit the Mary Rose, you will need to book an entry time in the visitor centre when you arrive on site.

For the final hour of each day the museum will operate a first-come, first-served basis where time slots are not required.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit

Click here to see a time lapse video of the Mary Rose Museum being constructed

YOU would expect a personal tour guide to be quite expensive – but the new Mary Rose Museum will offer them for free in the form of a phone app.

The museum has developed an app for iPhones and Android phones which features a guided tour, and information about the ship and her artefacts.

As they walk around the museum, visitors can use the app to bookmark their favourite artefacts to read about later, find out about events and browse the museum shop.

To download the app for an Android smartphone, click here.

To download the app from the iTunes store, click here.