Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower We'll be closed during The Victorian Christmas Festival 30 Nov - 1 Dec. Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire.
(270)

14/02/2020

📣 EXPLOSION REOPENS MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY📣

Due to storm damage from the last week, we have made the decision, in the interest of customer safety, to close Explosion this weekend, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February, to complete some essential maintenance.

We will open on Monday for plenty of half-term fun - look forward to seeing you then!

20/01/2020

We were very sad to hear about the closing of the Botleigh Grange Hotel. If your wedding has been affected, we would like to help. We’re offering a £700 discount off our current packages, for any couple that were due to get married at Botleigh Grange in 2020. Discount applies for 2020 dates only. Please email [email protected] for more info 💜

Last wedding of 2019!Congratulations Janice & Ian. Best wishes for the future. ❤️🎄Wishing all our 2019 couples all the b...
29/12/2019

Last wedding of 2019!
Congratulations Janice & Ian.
Best wishes for the future. ❤️🎄

Wishing all our 2019 couples all the best & happiness for the future.
Happy new year 🥂 love Jess & Hannah.

Bezani Catering

📣 Christmas Opening Hours 📣Here's an update to our hours over the Christmas period...⏰ We're OPEN every weekend! ⏰Monday...
19/12/2019

📣 Christmas Opening Hours 📣

Here's an update to our hours over the Christmas period...

⏰ We're OPEN every weekend! ⏰

Monday to Friday we are closed...
⭐️ 23-27 November
⭐️ 30 November - 3 January

It’s a wrap! 3 Christmas parties with over 250 people!! A big thank you to Rachael Hawnt, Great Scott & Mike Sullivan fo...
15/12/2019

It’s a wrap! 3 Christmas parties with over 250 people!!
A big thank you to Rachael Hawnt, Great Scott & Mike Sullivan for their amazing entertainment & helping the guests party the nights away! We hope you all had a fab time 🥂
Big shout out to Bezani Catering for the delicious food. 🍴
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, from the Events team 😘🎄🎁

Massive massive thank you Rachael Hawnt for kicking off our Christmas parties in style tonight! You were AMAZING!! 😍It’s...
07/12/2019

Massive massive thank you Rachael Hawnt for kicking off our Christmas parties in style tonight! You were AMAZING!! 😍
It’s a pleasure having you with us & we hope everyone enjoyed themselves, we certainly did! 💖
Can’t wait for round 2 with Great Scott next week!
Bezani Catering

Congratulations  Mr & Mrs Stanton. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. 🥂
01/12/2019

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stanton. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. 🥂

23/11/2019

Congratulations to the winners of our HMS Alliance colouring competition! Our winners are now on display at the Explosion Museum! Be sure to come and collect your prize! 🎉

Congratulations Victoria & Nick. An elegant, beautiful & classy ceremony today.  Best wishes to you both 🥂
16/11/2019

Congratulations Victoria & Nick.
An elegant, beautiful & classy ceremony today. Best wishes to you both 🥂

Getting the best view of HMS Prince of Wales doesn't have to be difficult. Did you know that you can see the new aircraf...
16/11/2019

Getting the best view of HMS Prince of Wales doesn't have to be difficult. Did you know that you can see the new aircraft carrier from a different angle?

When you visit Explosion Museum this weekend, take some time out and take a picture of the aircraft carrier outside our little coffee shop from 2pm on Saturday 16 November.

Here are two pictures from our followers taken of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Share your best pictures of both aircraft carriers with us. Find out about other vantage points here: https://bit.ly/2phJF0e

You might have heard about a rather large aircraft carrier arriving into Portsmouth Naval Base on Saturday from 2pm. Bec...
15/11/2019

You might have heard about a rather large aircraft carrier arriving into Portsmouth Naval Base on Saturday from 2pm. Because of HMS Prince of Wales, we're having to make some changes to the Waterbus times.

Visitors arriving at Explosion Museum will come over as normal at 12 pm from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard but will return on the 1.30 pm shuttle service - not 2 pm.

Anyone coming over at 1.30 pm will have a slightly longer stay at the museum and will return on the 4 pm Waterbus to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2phJF0e

🖍️ IT'S COLOURING COMPETITION TIME! 🖍️We can't believe The National Museum of the Royal Navy is 10 this year. We wanted ...
13/11/2019

🖍️ IT'S COLOURING COMPETITION TIME! 🖍️

We can't believe The National Museum of the Royal Navy is 10 this year.

We wanted to challenge all our little adventurers (even big ones) by colouring in the legendary HMS Alliance at our sister site, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum. You could win a special goody bag!

All you need to do is download the PDF here: https://bit.ly/2O7GVv0 (Downloadable PDF) and hand your creation back in to our visitor centre by Friday 22 November. Good luck!

11/11/2019

Today it's Armistice Day also known as Remembrance Day.

We'll be marking the day the First World War ended in 1918 at 11am by observing a two-minute silence to remember all the people who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

We hope you'll join us by being silent at 11am.

#RemembranceDay
#WeShallRememberThem
#LestWeForget

10/11/2019

At 11am we'll be observing the Remembrance Sunday two minutes silence.

#LestWeForget
#Weshallrememberthem
#RemembranceSunday

🍷FREE BOTTLE OF WINE WITH EVERY 4 TICKETS ORDERED🍷Enjoy some much needed sparkle at Glitz and Glamour with Rachael Hawnt...
08/11/2019

🍷FREE BOTTLE OF WINE WITH EVERY 4 TICKETS ORDERED🍷

Enjoy some much needed sparkle at Glitz and Glamour with Rachael Hawnt and our brand new offer. Get a free bottle of wine with every 4 tickets ordered between now and the big day.

Simply order your 4 tickets or more online and you'll automatically qualify for this offer. Book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Csx516

A lovely evening hosting the annual Queen Alexandra Nursing Service dinner last night 🍽  🥂
07/11/2019

A lovely evening hosting the annual Queen Alexandra Nursing Service dinner last night 🍽 🥂

Congratulations Katie & Jake. Bezani Catering Sticky Fingers Events
02/11/2019

Congratulations Katie & Jake. Bezani Catering Sticky Fingers Events

01/11/2019

Due to poor weather expected tomorrow (2nd Nov) the Waterbus service and Harbour Tours have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

25/10/2019
I Have Nothing - (Whitney Houston Cover) - Rachael Hawnt

✨Looking for some much-needed sparkle this season? Kick off your Christmas in style & dance the night away to the amazing Singer Rachael Hawnt as seen on BBC 1’s All Together Now.✨

✨The 18th century powder magazine with walls up to 8ft think, arching brickwork & Victorian wooden floors, is the perfect place to party. Look at the delicious menu and more here: https://bit.ly/361ryML✨

I Have Nothing, so powerful. Whitney was the Queen. I hope you enjoy my version of this tune. Please subscribe for new tunes. https://www.facebook.com/rachae...

👻SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN ANNOUNCED👻 Frightful adventures await one and all at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower this ha...
23/10/2019

👻SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN ANNOUNCED👻

Frightful adventures await one and all at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower this half term.

Get ready for a ghoulish disco as your little monsters jive like mini-zombies, dress up in a spooky costume - you could even win a prize. Afterwards, join our crew for a marvellous magic show fit for a pirate prince or princess.

👻🎉11am - Spooky disco party🎉👻
😱12pm - Fancy dress competition 😱
✨🎩1pm - Magic show 🎩✨

All activities are free with a valid attraction ticket. Book online and save 20% now: https://bit.ly/2sYxynE

Come on down to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower this October half term for a spooky pirate extravaganza. Meet Nicki ...
21/10/2019

Come on down to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower this October half term for a spooky pirate extravaganza. Meet Nicki and her magical pirate show which will be on 29 October and 30 October.

You can enjoy:
✨ Spooky disco - 11am
👻Fancy dress judging - 12pm
🎩 🐇 Magic show - 1pm

All activities are free with a valid attraction ticket. Book online and save 20% here: https://bit.ly/2sYxynE

17/10/2019
Gavin explains 15" Armour Piercing Shells

Our resident expert and tour guide Gavin is here with a quick informative video on one of our 15" Shells. 💥💥💥

We have tours with Gavin every Thursday during our summer season! Be sure to come down and experience one before we move to our winter hours in November.

Thursday 24th and 31st of October will be his next, and last, two days of tours for this summer season. Only at the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower! Tickets available at www.historicdockyard.co.uk 💥💥💥

NEWS ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL PARTY! Tickets are selling fast. We've already sold out of our first evening on 7 Dece...
13/10/2019
Christmas Cocktail Party

NEWS ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL PARTY!

Tickets are selling fast. We've already sold out of our first evening on 7 December but we still have tickets for 13 December. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2kIpZjP

Celebrate the festive season in style at our special Christmas Cocktail Party night at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower on Saturday 7 December and Friday 13 December. Get an expertly-made cocktail as you party the night away with classic hits and Christmas favourites with our DJ. Perfect for Chri...

12/10/2019
Great Scott! 80s Medley - (Baywatch Theme, Don't Stop Believing, Livin' On A Prayer, Easy Lover)

🕺When you think of glow sticks, ankle warmers and big hair - the 80s might spring to mind. Now, you can travel back in time to a Christmas past for the ultimate experience with Great Scott. 🕺

Explosion Museum will be alive with colour and sound for a Christmas party like no other. Enjoy a lovely three course meal, welcome drink and entertainment all night long. Get your tickets online: https://bit.ly/31SkLSF

Take a look at their 80's medley video with classics including Baywatch, Livin' On A Prayer and more here: https://bit.ly/2jgN1JC

For bookings and info visit: www.greatscottband.com Great Scott! are the perfect compliment to any 80s themed event. Playing some of the best loved tunes fro...

11/10/2019
Rachael Hawnt performs 'Skyfall' by Adele - All Together Now: Episode 4 - BBC One

✨🎤With over 15,000 subscribers across social media and appearances on BBC One's All Together Now, Rachael Hawnt's incredible vocals and renditions of popular classics will turn the powder store inside Explosion Museum into something special this season.🎤✨

Invite your colleagues for a glamourous display at Glitz and Glam as you enjoy a delicious three course meal, entertainment and welcome drink.

Take a look at her performance of Skyfall by Adele. For an evening like no other, get colleagues together for a gorgeous meal and drinks in historic surroundings. Book tickets here: https://bit.ly/2TN5ZcQ

Subscribe and 🔔 to OFFICIAL BBC YouTube 👉 https://bit.ly/2IXqEIn Stream original BBC programmes FIRST on BBC iPlayer 👉 https://bbc.in/2J18jYJ Programme websi...

🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! 🎈🎂 HMS Trincomalee is 202 years old today. Our sister ship is based up a...
08/10/2019
Happy birthday! 202 years on, why Hartlepool's historic HMS Trincomalee is still a must-see

🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! 🎈

🎂 HMS Trincomalee is 202 years old today. Our sister ship is based up at National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool alongside a gorgeous harbour-side location. Hip, hip, hooray! 🎂

Museum bosses are encouraging people to visit one of the town’s most popular attractions which celebrates its 202nd birthday this weekend.

This Sunday (6th October) why not enjoy a succulent bacon bap with your morning cup of tea for the special price of just...
05/10/2019

This Sunday (6th October) why not enjoy a succulent bacon bap with your morning cup of tea for the special price of just £3? ☕️ A great way to wrap up your week! Only at the Camber Lights Café at the Explosion Museum.

Ticket for the museum not required to visit our café, all are welcome! Available from 10am until 5pm.

Congratulations Aimie & Dave who got married with us yesterday. Best wishes for the future Sticky Fingers Events Bezani ...
05/10/2019

Congratulations Aimie & Dave who got married with us yesterday. Best wishes for the future Sticky Fingers Events Bezani Catering

03/10/2019
The Victorian Christmas Festival 2019 - 20 Years of Magic

When twilight descends on the dockyard, characters from yesteryear appear as you’re taken on a whimsical journey through time just before Christmas begins...

Looking for something festively fantastic this season? The Victorian Christmas Festival, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is returning for 20 years of magic to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Early bird tickets are now available until 31 October – so don’t delay. Get yours today here: https://bit.ly/30PXIId

Today is the day. Stop! 🚌 Ding ding! It's Heritage Open Days at Explosion Museum - come a ride fantastic vintage buses c...
22/09/2019

Today is the day. Stop! 🚌 Ding ding! It's Heritage Open Days at Explosion Museum - come a ride fantastic vintage buses courtesy of The Provincial Society from 10.30 am. 🚌

Make a day of it at Explosion Museum and Submarine Museum as you enjoy fantastic Royal Navy stories? Riding the vintage buses by the The Provincial Society is free however a valid attraction ticket is required for museum entry.

Book online and save 20% here: https://bit.ly/2sYxynE

✨ We've made it into The Gosport & Fareham Globe about our Ultimate Christmas Party at Explosion Museum this season. ✨✨ ...
19/09/2019

✨ We've made it into The Gosport & Fareham Globe about our Ultimate Christmas Party at Explosion Museum this season. ✨

✨ We'll be joined by Rachael Hawnt for some fabulous Glitz and Glamour with incredible party numbers to the band Great Scott who'll be taking us back to the 80's for the ultimate party experience. ✨

🕺 Get your party season started with our incredible events - perfect for friends, family and colleagues. Tickets are selling fast - so book today. Take a look at our Christmas events here: https://bit.ly/2k95NY6 🕺

🚌 Ding ding! It's almost time for Heritage Open Days at Explosion Museum on Sunday 22nd September. Ride vintage buses ac...
18/09/2019

🚌 Ding ding! It's almost time for Heritage Open Days at Explosion Museum on Sunday 22nd September. Ride vintage buses across Gosport, speak to the drivers and learn about their history and connection to the area. 🚌

Why not make a day of it at Explosion Museum and Submarine Museum as you enjoy fantastic Royal Navy stories? Riding the vintage buses by the The Provincial Society is free however a valid attraction ticket is required for museum entry.

Book online and save 20% here: https://bit.ly/2sYxynE

🎉 Today we’re proud to say The National Museum of the Royal Navy is 10 years old! 🎉We’re a young charity protecting Brit...
18/09/2019

🎉 Today we’re proud to say The National Museum of the Royal Navy is 10 years old! 🎉

We’re a young charity protecting British naval history for future generations through our museums…

🎖️ National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool
✈️ Fleet Air Arm Museum
⚓ HMS Caroline
🏛️ Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
💥 Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower
🏴‍☠️ Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Over the next month we’ll be sharing fascinating highlights from this decade, our rich history and launching a few competitions across our social media channels to celebrate.

Keep an eye out for a few blasts from the past!

Tomorrow, Wednesday 18th September, is the 10 year anniversary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy! To celebrate th...
17/09/2019

Tomorrow, Wednesday 18th September, is the 10 year anniversary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy! To celebrate this we are offering a 10% discount in all of our shops, including the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower! *Not valid on items already discounted or tickets.

See you tomorrow!

13/09/2019
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Are you ready for a Christmas like no other? We've got exciting events happening across Portsmouth and Gosport this festive season. Whether you're thinking of a fabulously festive work party or something seasonal for friends and family - we've got you covered. Take a look at our Christmas events here before they sell out: https://bit.ly/2k95NY6

Legendary experiences can often be once in a lifetime opportunities to try something different or you could be celebrating a special event with friends or family.

We've curated a list of experiences we think you'll love. From celebrating a naval tradition on Pickle Night or enjoying some glitz and glamour - we have everything you need to celebrate a special occasion.

Take a look:

🌙 🌊Museums After Dark: Murder on the High Seas: https://bit.ly/2HwYthv 🌊 🌙
🥁 Trafalgar Night: https://bit.ly/2ND2IMc 🥁
🥃 Pickle Night: https://bit.ly/30BvIrv 🥃
✨Glitz and Glamour: https://bit.ly/2TN5ZcQ
❄️ The Victorian Christmas Festival: https://bit.ly/30PXIId ❄️
🏴‍☠️ Baubles and Buccaneers: https://bit.ly/2MHvaNl 🏴‍☠️
🍸Christmas Cocktail Party: https://bit.ly/2zrX5s1🍸

We’ve almost sold out of our cocktail night at Explosion Museum this December. We’ve released another date – so kick bac...
12/09/2019

We’ve almost sold out of our cocktail night at Explosion Museum this December. We’ve released another date – so kick back knowing your place is secured.

Are you ready to enjoy your favourite cocktails for an evening you’ll never forget? Enjoy a beverage or two inside the museum with friends and colleagues - the perfect place for a work party. You’ll absolutely love it!

Book your tickets online easily here: https://bit.ly/2kIpZjP

Big congratulations to Jade & George! We wish you a lifetime of happiness 👰🏻🤵🥂
08/09/2019

Big congratulations to Jade & George! We wish you a lifetime of happiness 👰🏻🤵🥂

06/09/2019

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting a Casual Team Member to join our Visitor Experience team at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Gosport.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to work at The Royal Navy Submarine Museum and The Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. The successful candidates will be expected to work across both sites in all areas, including retail and catering outlets.

Immediate start - Various hours available to help cover annual leave and high peak times.

Find out more on our website here: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/jobs-volunteering/team-member-gosport

Please apply via the link and by sending a CV to [email protected] and not by Facebook. Thank you!

📣 THURSDAYS AT EXPLOSION📣Join us for a guided tour every Thursday at 12pm and 2pm revealing interesting stories and fact...
04/09/2019

📣 THURSDAYS AT EXPLOSION📣

Join us for a guided tour every Thursday at 12pm and 2pm revealing interesting stories and facts about life at Priddy's Hard.

Head to reception on arrival to find out where the tour will be leaving from.

Valid ticket to Explosion Museum required.

Get your tickets for tonight's Explosion Museum at Night event are still available. Handle rare objects, learn about the...
04/09/2019

Get your tickets for tonight's Explosion Museum at Night event are still available. Handle rare objects, learn about the people of Priddy's Hard and how they helped build munitions for D-Day. More here: https://bit.ly/2YtwdpS #DDay75 #DDay

29/08/2019
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

🔍 Looking for an event-packed winter? We've got what you need across our sites at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.🔍

🎟️Tickets are now available for our special Glitz and Glam Night with Rachael Hawnt, 80s Experience with the band Great Scott, Cocktail Party Night and more.🎟️

Take a look at our legendary events here: https://bit.ly/2tKdpBG

Legendary experiences can often be once in a lifetime opportunities to try something different or you could be celebrating a special event with friends or family.

We've curated a list of experiences we think you'll love. From celebrating a naval tradition on Pickle Night or enjoying some glitz and glamour - we have everything you need to celebrate a special occasion.

Take a look:

🌙 🌊Museums After Dark: Murder on the High Seas: https://bit.ly/2HwYthv 🌊 🌙
🥁 Trafalgar Night: https://bit.ly/2ND2IMc 🥁
🥃 Pickle Night: https://bit.ly/30BvIrv 🥃
✨Glitz and Glamour: https://bit.ly/2TN5ZcQ
❄️ The Victorian Christmas Festival: https://bit.ly/30PXIId ❄️
🏴‍☠️ Baubles and Buccaneers: https://bit.ly/2MHvaNl 🏴‍☠️
🍸Christmas Cocktail Party: https://bit.ly/2zrX5s1🍸

Address

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard
Gosport
PO12 4LE

By Rail: Mainline route London to Portsmouth Harbour. Take the frequent ferry service across to Gosport (3mins). From the Ferry at Gosport, turn right and follow the Millennium Promenade to Explosion! at Priddy’s Hard (20mins walk) or taxi to Forton Lake Bridge (3mins). By Bus: (from Gosport Bus Station or connected routes) Service 29 or Service 30. Service running from the bus station to Royal Clarence Yard and Weevil Lane. Visitors are advised to utilise the Weevil Lane bus stop, leaving a short walk across the Millennium Bridge to Explosion. By Water: Arrive in style on board our NEW Waterbus Service linking Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower and Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30

Telephone

023 9250 5600

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower:

Videos

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!

Nearby museums


Other Civilization Museums in Gosport

Show All

Comments

Can I redeem a planet radio voucher for a family annual pass to the historic dockyard at the Explosion museum?
Do you still have paranormal nights at the museum?
Are there any fireworks this year?
Will you be doing a fireworks display this year?
I find it absolutely ridiculous i still haven't had a answer to my complaint from 31st of october last year!
Do you ever reply to messages or emails, feeling very unloved.
Hi, I sent you a private message on here over a month ago but haven't had a reply. There was an automated message saying that someone will get back to me soon? Thanks
Fireworks were way too close. I had a bit go in eye. Luckily it was washed out straight and now only a bit sore. It scared alot of the children and people had to move away. Was a health and safety assessment done before hand?
Think the fireworks were a bit too close ... we had to move as everyone was getting covered in bits ... was hard to see with bits flying into the eyes I literally had sparks hit me not good ! Felt extremely unsafe!!
Hi would like to buy some HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH souvenirs and postage to malta
Don't forget the wargames event this Saturday and Sunday at Explosions. Come along and watch or take part. 8th 9th July 2017