The New Royal Marines Museum

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is working to create the New Royal Marines Museum, within the architecturally stunning Boathouse 6 at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The move will place the singular history of the Royal Marines in its rightful place within the wider story of the Royal Navy.

The best museums are places for people, for remembrance and for belonging that anyone can enjoy and the National Museum aspires to create the very best example in the new Royal Marines Museum. New displays will enable us to more effectively tell the stories behind the collections and bring the drama of the Corps’ history to larger and more diverse audiences.

The experience will allow visitors not only to learn about who the Royal Marines are, but also invite them to partake in a number of activities designed to give a taste of the physical fitness and mental agility required to be a Royal Marine Commando.

Museum Aims

The museum will help visitors to appreciate that:

  • Since 1664 the Royal Marines have developed a distinctive capability, tradition and identity - one of ‘soldier and sailor too’.

  • The Royal Marines are the nation’s amphibious force which has made, and continues to make, an impact around the globe at sea and on land, in peace and in war.

  • The versatility of the Corps has enabled it to evolve and embrace many different roles across four centuries.

  • Unique training earns Royal Marines Commandos the Green Beret and creates the ‘Commando Spirit’ – marked by courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face to adversity.

A place where Royal Marines of the past and the present can come to celebrate, commemorate and enjoy their vast and prestigious history
— Mark Ormrod - Royal Marine, 2001 - 2010

Outcomes and Benefits

Once open, the new museum will;

  • Better protect, conserve and showcase heritage within a nationally significant collection.

  • Improve the reach of the museum, enabling us to welcome 200,000 visitors per year compared to less than 40,000 at the Eastney site.

  • Create a space for commemoration, to allow reflection on the service and sacrifice of countless Royal Marines.

  • To deliver a place of belonging for the serving Corps and the wider Royal Marine family.

  • Support families of serving and ex-Royal Marines through education and engagement, building understanding of what their relatives experience when away from home.

  • Allow people from a more diverse range of community groups to come together for formal and informal events including reunions, performances and concerts.

  • Deliver key social outcomes which will improve well-being through opportunities for volunteering, training and engagement, both in the local area and beyond.

  • Widen involvement of local people, helping to increase their sense of pride in Portsmouth and the heritage of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy.

  • Improve accessibility and increase understanding and empathy for injured service personnel and their role in society.

  • Adopt a flexible design format that will endure, enabling us to share the unfolding story of the Royal Marines now and for future generations.