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250,000 visit the new Mary Rose museum

The new museum housing the Mary Rose has welcomed its 250,000th visitor just 18 weeks after opening.

The £27 million museum, which has the hull of the Tudor warship as well as thousands of other artefacts, opened on 31st May this year.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of The Mary Rose Trust said, "To achieve our 250,000th visitor in such a short space of time far exceeds all our expectations.

"Not only have we welcomed visitors from our immediate area and across the UK, but also a considerable number from right across the world."

The news comes three days before the museum marks the 31st anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose, in October 1982.

Mary Rose is a star attraction

The new £35m museum is unveiled Credit: Meridian

The new home of Henry the Eighth's flagship has welcomed its 100,000th visitor. The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard opened just eight weeks ago at the end of May.

It's reunited the famous hull - raised from the bottom of the Solent more than 30 years ago - with many of the 19,000 artefacts for the first time since they were recovered from the seabed.



Wreath laid at spot where Mary Rose sank

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A wreath has been laid at the spot where the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose, sank in The Solent nearly 500 years ago. It marks the opening day of a new museum in Portsmouth dedicated to the ship and the 380 soldiers and crew who lost their lives fighting the French in 1545.

The new museum, which opens to the public tomorrow reunites the wreck of the Mary Rose with thousands of its artefacts.

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