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National Museum of the Royal Navy celebrates 100 years of untold stories with the opening of new £11.5M visitor attractions

Three major new attractions at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, opened for the first time yesterday.

Located within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Royal Navy, the Museum launched two new major exhibitions – ‘HMS Hear My Story’ - the new £4.5M permanent Babcock Galleries, as well as its first major temporary exhibition ‘Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914’.

The same day also saw the re-launch of HMS Alliance, following a £7M conservation and restoration project – the only surviving WWII era submarine, serving as a memorial to 5,300 submariners, which the public will be able to explore with tours from those who served in the service.

Lincoln Clarke, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard said “Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy, and it is fitting that we will be commemorating the centenary of the Great War, as well as celebrating 100 years of naval history in our new galleries. The opening of the ‘HMS Hear My Story’ and ‘Racing to War‘ exhibitions, as well as the restoration of HMS Alliance, are testament to the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s dedication to preserving the Royal Navy’s astonishing historical heritage and legacy. This major launch follows last year’s opening of the Mary Rose Museum, which to date has welcomed over 400,000 visitors. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors from across the world”.

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