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About the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Travel back in time by visiting Hartlepool’s National Museum of the Royal Navy. This Hartlepool museum is home to the oldest warship still afloat in Europe, the HMS Trincomalee which is open to visitors. Click here to take a look at the HMS Trincomalee! The Royal Navy Museum has an array of interesting activities and artefacts to entertain everyone! It is perfect for an informative family day out!

Indoor Section

Take a look indoors and learn about Hartlepool’s history! Find out information about the town’s industrial history! Artefacts from the period are also on display, with some even being functioning displays! Also, inside there is a smaller ship where children can play, and an interactive seabird display. For those interested in Hartlepool’s involvement in World War 1, there is an exhibit dedicated to Hartlepool’s war effort. This is because Hartlepool was the first place to be bombed in WWI! In the exhibit, a video about the town and WW1 is playing in the background. Chairs are available to sit and watch the video, which is played above a beautiful memorial piece. Artefacts, such as recovered items from bombings are on display in the exhibition.

The Royal Navy Museum also has an array of other interesting artefacts. Other exhibits look back to earlier periods in the town. Information about early tribes and their lifestyles is displayed. The Royal Navy Museum also has a gift shop where you can buy fun knick-knacks!

Outdoor Section

Wander outside to find more interesting exhibits! Bordering the quayside are many wonderful Museum exhibits about Hartlepool’s sailing history. Explore the HMS Trincomalee to find out about what was like onboard it! There is also a dedicated exhibition to the HMS Trincomalee.

Outside there is also a children’s play area, as well as an outdoor games area. Fancy a break and a biscuit? Have a wonder over to the café and grab your self a coffee and slice of cake!

Overall, the Museum offers a small but informative snippet about Hartlepool’s history and makes for an excellent day out.

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Q Is the museum wheelchair friendly?

The exhibits are wheelchair friendly. Some may find it difficult to navigate the gift shop. Some may be able to board the HMS Trincomalee as there is a lift inside the ship, however the passage to the ship is rather narrow and may prove problematic.

Q Do Veterans get a discount?

Yes, please check their website for more details.

Q Do you need to book to visit?

Yes. Admissions can be booked through their website.

Q Is there a café?

Yes, there is a café on the quayside, near the HMS Trincomalee.

Q How long are tickets valid for?

Tickets are valid for a year.

Q Are dogs allowed?

Only guide dogs are permitted onsite

Q Does the museum have toilets?


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