Closure of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has made the difficult decision to close its sites in response to the escalating COVID-19 situation from 17.00 on 18 March 2020.

There have been no diagnosed cases of the virus on site, however we felt that like our colleagues across the Museum and Heritage sector, closure of the sites was now the best decision to maintain the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We are disappointed to have to delay welcoming you to the incredible range of exhibitions, events and heritage attractions which make up the national museum, but our care for them and our incredibly dedicated workforce continues.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is a registered charity and while we have received significant donations in the past, we still rely heavily on our visitors to help continue to keep the Museum’s sites and collections maintained for the public to enjoy. A large portion of our annual income comes directly from our ticket sales, with the majority generated during April-September, making this very challenging times ahead for our business.

While we move to make as many cost savings as possible to help ease the challenges ahead of us moving forward, a large majority of daily costs do remain, as it is our responsibility to maintain and care for our historic collections. Your continued support no matter how large or small does make a difference, if you would like to continue offering your support, please visit our online donation platform.

Please sign up to our emails and check our social media channels so we can keep you up to date with what’s going on and our future reopening dates. We will continue to follow guidance from the government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England on next steps.

If you have bought tickets for any of our sites, these do remain valid and can be deferred to later in the year. If you have specific concerns in relation to a booking for yourself or a group, contact details can be found in the FAQ’s below. If you do business with us, please bear with us as we seek to make contact with all our suppliers and update them on the position.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding at this challenging time, We look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you still visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyards?

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has made the difficult decision to close its attractions on the Historic Dockyard in response to the escalating COVID-19 situation. All of our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Belfast, Yeolviton and Hartlepool will be closed from 17.00 on 18 March 2020

We unable to confirm our reopening date at this time.