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.
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Operating as usual

16/09/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Tonight at 9pm on Channel 5...
Nelson: Britain’s Great Naval Hero ⚓️

Explore his ship, HMS Victory with a trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!

ITN Productions Channel 5

04/09/2020
EXPLOSION MUSEUM OF NAVAL FIREPOWER - COVID-19 Reopening

Thinking of visiting us this weekend? We have worked hard behind the scenes to make sure you feel safe when coming to see us, and can't wait to welcome you back!

Open this weekend from 10am both Saturday and Sunday, pre-booking your ticket and timeslot is essential: https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets-and-offers

We’ve weathered the storm and are ready to welcome you back! Step back in time at the Explosion Museum and wander through the original buildings used to stor...

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
26/08/2020

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

And we are back!

It's been 5 months since we shut the Victory Gates and finally today we get to open them and welcome you all back again - we are ready and can't wait to see you again!

Remember, if you want to visit the Dockyard, Royal Navy Submarine Museum or Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower you must pre-book your time slot. Learn how to here: https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/book-your-visit

We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries through our extensions inbox - it's great to see so many people excited about returning! Please be patient - we are working to a 5 working day turn around time.

Got more questions? Head to our website to book tickets and to learn more about the new health and safety measures in place when you visit.
https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/faqs

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
24/08/2020

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

And we are back!

It's been 5 months since we shut the Victory Gates and finally today we get to open them and welcome you all back again - we are ready and can't wait to see you again!

Remember, if you want to visit the Dockyard, Royal Navy Submarine Museum or Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower you must pre-book your time slot. Learn how to here: https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/book-your-visit

We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries through our extensions inbox - it's great to see so many people excited about returning! Please be patient - we are working to a 5 working day turn around time.

Got more questions? Head to our website to book tickets and to learn more about the new health and safety measures in place when you visit.
https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/faqs

National Museum of the Royal Navy
17/07/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay: 17th July 1944 – Launch of Operation Mascot

On 17 July 1944 the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm launched Operation Mascot. This was an attack on the infamous German warship Tirpitz, in Kaafjord, Norway. The carriers HMS Indefatigable, Formidable and Furious launched Barracudas, Corsairs, Hellcats and Fireflies for the attack.

Due to a thick smokescreen produced around the Tirpitz, as well as radio jamming by German forces and heavy anti-aircraft gunfire, only four aircraft managed to sight their target. The remaining dive-bombers had to base their attacks on the flashes of gunfire from the ship. An anti-aircraft battery and other enemy ships were attacked, but the Tirpitz remained intact.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

Coronavirus Update
24/06/2020
Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is delighted to be given the guidance that we can reopen our doors to visitors once more. Whilst this had been hinted at, it wasn’t clear until today that the 4 July was a definite date.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
01/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

This week is #VolunteersWeek and to mark the occasion we would like to celebrate the invaluable contribution our volunteers make to the museum.

We have teams of volunteers across all of our sites throughout the UK and they contribute in a variety of ways.

From engaging visitors with the unique history of our historic ships, to carrying out preventive conservation works, to transcribing historical documents; and everything in between. They really are an integral part of our museum family that we couldn’t be without. So we want to say thank you for all of your hard work!

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

National Museum of the Royal Navy
17/04/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

On this day in 1963 HMS Dreadnought, Britain's first nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned after being launched by Queen Elizabeth II on Trafalgar Day in 1960.

In 1971 she became the first British submarine to surface at the North Pole and in 1973 she took part in the Royal Navy's first annual Group Deployment, two important milestones in her lifetime.

To celebrate, these images from our collection show HMS Dreadnought on the actual day of her commission, and a tankard from the first commission, showing that at this time, sailors were still allowed to have their rum tot!

#NMRN #navigatethenvay #MuseumFromHome #onthisdayinhistory

07/04/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Looking forward to showcasing some of our amazing collections through the National Museum of the Royal Navy page #navigatethenavy

The team at the National Museum of the Royal Navy have been hard at work making sure our staff and our collections are being taken care of during this unprecedented time.

As you can't visit us right now, we are excited to bring you some highlights from our extraordinary collections, give you a sneaky look behind the closed doors of our museums and we hope that you will make some new discoveries among our collections. Watch out for our exciting blogs and videos, by searching for #navigatethenavy across all our channels to help entertain you, while you are at home #NMRN

A note to our members and visitors. For further information, please visit our website to be kept up to date.http://nmrn....
18/03/2020

A note to our members and visitors. For further information, please visit our website to be kept up to date.

http://nmrn.org.uk/coronavirus

13/03/2020

We understand that many of you have questions about the museum regarding COVID-19.

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is open in line with current government guidance.

Your safety is our number one priority and if anything changes we'll keep you informed through our page and website.

Further information regarding the measures we've taken and the most up to date information can be found at https://www.nmrn.org.uk/coronavirus

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...

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

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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!

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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