The National Museum of the Royal Navy has launched its first membership scheme which offers unlimited days out to the institution’s various sites and exhibitions.
Centuries of British sea power and naval history can accessed through the scheme, which allows admittance to six of the museum’s sites, including Portsmouth-based Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and HMS M.33. The Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport are also included, as is the museum’s newest addition, The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool where visitors can discover the oldest ship afloat in the UK, HMS Trincomalee.
Jutland veteran HMS Caroline in Belfast will also be included when she reopens later in the year. Members can also enter The Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, the largest collection of its kind in Europe with 103 aircraft.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy, established in 2009, tells the epic story of the Royal Marines, the Fleet Air Arm, the Submarine Service and the Surface Fleet, preserving the Navy’s history and detailing its impact from its earliest origins to the present.
In addition to unprecedented access, members will receive special exclusive offers and the latest news from the museum, and will also receive some discounts and be invited to previews of new events and attractions. The money raised from the scheme will help fund vital works to ‘support the rich heritage of the Royal Navy’.
Director General of the National Museum, Professor Dominic Tweddle said: “We have some of the most famous historic ships and aircraft in our collection and the membership is a great way to visit plus supporting our work… [This] will keep history alive for future generations.”
There are a number of membership rates including senior £35; adult £45 and family (2 adults and up to 3 children £90). To find out more visit: www.nmrn.org.uk/membership.