The Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, Hampshire: Shutdown pending the re-opening of the museum in new, more accessible premises at the Portsmouth Dockyard

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"Shutdown pending  the re-opening of the museum in new, more accessible premises at the Portsmouth Dockyard (date of completion and reopening not yet announced).

The Royal Marines Museum at Eastney was closed in 2017 after being deemed no longer fit for purpose.  Conditions within the 150-year-old building itself presented a clear risk to a nationally significant collection with over two million items kept in over 20 stores across five floors. 

The cost of keeping the site open was prohibitively expensive.  In addition, due to its remote location away from public transport links, the site welcomed less than 40,000 visitors per year. The new Royal Marines Museum will not only help us to safeguard and showcase artefacts more effectively but being based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will give the 850,000 annual visitors to the site, which is the UK’s premier destination for naval heritage, the chance to explore the Royal Marine’s story.

The galleries will be situated in Boathouse 6, (please see our location map), a short walk from HMS Victory and opposite HMS Warrior, placing the unique history of the Corps in its rightful place within the wider story of the Royal Navy."

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