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Royal Marines Museum

The Royal Navy's elite military unit is celebrated and remembered on the grounds of a stunning Victorian building facing the waterfront.

Portsmouth's Royal Marines Museum focuses on the experiences of Britain’s sea-going soldiers. Chronicling the history of the Marines from their origins in 1664 as sea soldiers to their present-day status as famous amphibious units, the museum offers interactive exhibits and thoughtful displays. Discover the remarkable history of the Royal Marines through these award-winning exhibits.

Before going inside, marvel at the elegant symmetry of the Victorian building's exterior. This structure was once an officers' mess for the marines before it became a museum. The picturesque waterfront location makes this museum a popular venue for weddings and conferences.

Read stories of heroism in the medal room, where thousands of awards document the brave acts of the marines throughout history. Displays in this section also spotlight the 10 marines who have been given the British military's most prestigious honor, the Victoria Cross.

Watch videos of the marines in action today on operations across the world. Exhibits also cover 20th-century missions including D-Day and the Falklands conflict. Wander the gallery section of the museum, where paintings honor the courage of marines in creative ways.

Pretend to be a marine for the day at the interactive exhibits throughout the museum. Experience what it’s like to fire a gun at the rifle simulator and follow the progress of a recruit as he is trained and deployed. A recreation of a wartime kitchen also offers insight into what life was like during the war.

The museum regularly runs unique events so check to see if any are happening while you’re here. Run assault courses to become as fit as a marine or listen to their concert band performing.

The Royal Marines Museum is next to the water in Southsea. Parking is available on-site. Purchase an individual ticket or enter using a Portsmouth Historic Dockyards combination ticket, which includes entry to several of the city’s exciting and diverse naval attractions.


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