Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower
The story of naval warfare is told in dramatic style at Explosion!, an interactive museum housed in the Royal Navy’s former Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard, centred around the powder magazine designed in 1771.
Priddy’s Hard was far enough from the main dockyard for the safe storage of up to 6,500 barrels of gunpowder. In the Napoleonic Wars, this was where all Royal Navy warships including HMS Victory came to load up their guns and ammunition, collecting them from small boats called ‘powder hoys’ which had in turn collected barrels of gunpowder carried in barrows down the Rolling Way to the harbour edge.
Take the waterbus across Portsmouth Harbour and visit this explosive museum. Book Online at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and save 20% on a Full Navy Ticket. Book online today!