The number of visitors to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth is expected to hit the half a million mark today. The museum which is based at the historic dockyard opened in May last year.
The five hundred thousandth visitor will be greeted on arrival and offered a behind the scenes look at the collection.
A village museum in Sussex will compete with the new Mary Rose exhibition hall in Portsmouth, as well as Tate Britain, to be named the Museum of the Year.
The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft reopened last September and could win an Art Fund prize worth £100,000.
The result will be announced on July 9 and we spoke to director Hilary Williams about the museum.
Portsmouth's new Mary Rose Museum is one of six national museums to make it to the final of a national museum competition.
The prestigious Art Fund Prize for the Museum of the Year 2014 recognises an exceptional standard of excellence and awards the winner a prize of £100,000 annually.
The Historic Dockyard's nomination comes after the centre welcomed 415,000 visitors since opening.
The museum displays the starboard section of the ship that served Henry VIII for 34 years, before spending over 400 years under the Solent.
Following the painstaking archaeological excavation and recording of the exact location of every find, the project team have been able to recreate the interior of the Mary Rose, where the ship has been reunited with the possessions of the crew and all the material of a Tudor warship.
The six museums which have been selected as finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year are:
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
Millions of pounds have been spent, over the last few years, on our museums and places of culture.
We've seen the Seacity Museum, open in Southampton - telling the story of the great ship Titanic and, last year, in Portsmouth - the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum.
Well, today, another unveiling - as the wrapping came off - hundreds of treasures at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. They've been boxed away for over a year - as Rachel Hepworth explains.
They are some of the rarest prehistoric gold ornaments ever found in Britain and they are now on display at the Dover Museum. The bronze age bracelets and armbands have been insured for £1 million.
It's a motoring enthusiasts' paradise - classic cars from Bugatti to Rolls-Royce, MG to Triumph. The collection has been built up over many years by a private collector in East Sussex - the vehicles all lovingly maintained and kept in a dedicated museum.
But as David Johns explains, all is not quite as it seems. He talks to Phil Collins, collector, and Chris Booth, Car enthusiast.
Bovington's Tank Museum in Dorset has been handed a windfall two point five million pounds.
The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards a new tank restoration centre, two new exhibitions and more support for volunteers.
Tank Museum Director Richard Smith said; "This is a pivotal moment in the history of The Tank Museum.
The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund will ensure that we can continue to thrive, so we are naturally delighted and extremely grateful."
Charles Dickens' house at Gad's Hill in Kent opens to the public for the first time this afternoon.
Previously the ground floor of of the property has only been accessible to the pupils of the independent school which occupies the building.
Sixty people a day will be allowed to tour the house at Higham where Dickens lived for thirteen years.
They'll be able to see key rooms, including the study where he wrote Great Expectations.
He died here in 1870 while working on his final novel.
The tours are being organised by the Charles Dickens Museum in London and will continue until the middle if August.
A museum was temporarily closed this morning after a live bomb was 'delivered' to it. Gravel was dredged up from the seabed to fill a cofferdam around HMS Alliance at the Royal Submarine Museum in Gosport. But when it was delivered staff noticed a live Bofors shell sticking out of the gravel.
A Royal Navy bomb squad was dispatched to take the shell away for a controlled explosion. Some visitors were turned away until the museum was re-opened at 10:30am today. Bofors shells were commonly used by surface ships during the Second World War.