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Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

Museums and Art Galleries, Indoor
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Location iconGosport
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Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower tells the story of naval warfare from the day's gunpowder to modern missiles, the two hour tour of the museum includes a stunning multi-media film show set in the original 18th century gunpowder vault, with the latest technology and interactive touch screens that bring the presentations to life.

There's a fascinating social history too, including the story of how 2,500 women worked on the site during its peak in World War II. It describes the role that Priddy's Hard played in naval operations worldwide for over 200 years, as well as its importance to the local Gosport community, which not only armed the Navy but also fed and watered it.

Explosion! has a Gift Shop and Waterside Coffee Shop area that are open to non-visitors, so please stop by and sample some of the traditional homemade lunches on the Camber Dock overlooking the stunning views of the harbour.

Groups of ten or more visiting Explosion! can get a 20% discount and many add ons to make a great day out. Behind the Scenes tours of the reserve gun and armoury collections, Ghost Walks, Harbour Cruises or a trip to Gosports' Award winning brewery are available.

The Museum also hosts many special events throughout the year, please see the Museum website through their link for further details.

Opening hours

March - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

November - February
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00



Priddys Hard,
PO12 4LE,

Phone number

02392 839766


General Admission (1 year 11 attraction ticket)
Adults: £39.00
Kids (5+): £23.50
Under 5's: free
Concessions: £34.00
Family (1 adult, up to 3 kids): £60.00
Family (2 adults, up to 3 kids): £85.00

Explosion! is part of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's 11 Attraction Ticket.


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There is an onsite shop

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