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“A must visit.”

Royal Marines Museum
Ranked #13 of 126 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The public galleries at the Royal Marines Museum will be closing on 1st April 2017.
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum and spent a great afternoon walking around. The medal room is particularly interesting and the stories of the people to who they were awarded is fantastic. Hurry and see the museum in it's current location at the east end of southsea beach at the old marine barracks. The museum is due to be moved to the dockyard in the near future.

Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Visited August 2017 and it was closed, pending the move to the Historic Dockyard. There's no other reason to go to this end of Southsea, so you can save yourself a journey.

Thank Kevin2000_12
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Would have liked to have gone here, as my father was in the Royal Marines.Unfortunately is was closed. It is going to re-open at sometime at the Dockyard ,so hopefully I will be able to go there when it has moved.

1  Thank Sally B
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Marines, from their origins to present day. Excellent presentations with a mix of facts to read & artifacts & equipment on display.

I'd recommend to anyone with even a minor interest.

Entry-fee applies.

Small shop selling RM-related goods.

Thank StevoCar
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

I stumbled upon the Royal Marine Museum, whilst lost and searching for my Hotel ! I made a note that I would come back and looked forward to seeing what was on offer.

I arrived at the end of the day, 10 minutes before it closed. At least I had the information as to opening times and which end of the ' route march ' car park to park.

Returning first thing the following day, I entered the beautiful house that housed the collection. I say ' housed ' as I discovered that this was the penultimate day that the collection would be available at this location. The move was going to be a trip down the road, to be reopened in the Portsmouth Dock complex. I hope that they will occupy an old building and not some prefabricated warehouse, as the regiment deserve that at the very least.

The contents of the collection really bought home to me, what the Marine's have faced and do still face to this very day. The requirement to carry your survival on your back in all sorts of horrendous situations is chilling. To be able to lift and handle the issued rifle gives you a shock as to its weight and that it must become your third arm, never to be lost.

The exhibit that showed how you stowed your kit, was nothing more that anal ! As we have seen on documentaries, that moment when the inspecting officer takes a dislike to your cupboard and tips the whole lot over. I was then to learn that your Bergen/ backpack was stowed in a similar order, so that if you were incapacitated a comrade could go to your kit and immediately find what was required at that moment, saving valuable time.

The diorama's were tired but still gave that suggestion as to what it was like to be stuck in a bamboo jungle, to be in the Arctic but the most moving was an image of a prisoner in the Burma Road camp, Absolutely chilling and heart rending.

You start to exit through the Medal Room, which was huge, with rows of chest's of drawers containing thousands of Medals and Awards. With glazed tops, these chest's showed a selection of Honours that from a distance looked like a mix of items, as you get closer, you find that they are annotated to show the name of the recipient. Extraordinary, Glorious, it makes one proud of what the Marines have won.

You leave, looking down into the Mountbatten Room, a beautiful space that has the ability to conjure up what it would be like with a Regimental Dinner underway.

We must wait some two years before it reopens and I cannot wait.

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