Portsmouth museum finalist for Art prize

The new Mary Rose museum that opened last May is a finalist for the Art Fund Prize.

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Mary Rose exhibition finalist of Museum of Year 2014

The Mary Rose Museum is one of six finalists for the competition Credit: Mary Rose 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 museum houses unique finds from the historical flagship Credit: Mary Rose museum

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.

Visitors can relive the experience of those on the Mary Rose in the museum Credit: Luke Hayes

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.

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