Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

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Heritage Way Priddy's Hard
PO12 4LE

  • Phone: 023 9250 5600
  • Venue Hire & Wedding Service: 023 9250 5603
  • Curatorial Department: 023 9250 5609
  • Media enquiries: 023 9250 5603

Explosion!, The Museum of Naval Firepower is a multi-million pound interactive museum set in the historic former Royal Navy armaments depot at Priddy’s Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour. Telling the story of naval firepower from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles with an unique collection which includes the Red Beard atom bomb, the Exocet missile and the Schwartzkopff torpedo. The two-hour tour of the museum includes a stunning multi- media film show set in the original 18th century gunpowder vault, the latest computer interactives and hands-on exhibits. Alongside the dramatic displays, Explosion! explores the story of the many designers, makers and thousands of female munitions workers who supplied the Royal Navy. Refreshments are available in the waterside Coffee Shop. Guaranteed to blow your socks off!

Further information

Opening Hours:

April to October, open daily (10am until 5pm, last admission to the galleries at 4pm). November – March, open Saturday and Sunday only (10am until 4pm, last admission to the galleries at 3pm).


Adults £10.00 pp Senior Citizens £8.00 pp Children (5-16yrs) £6.00 pp Full time students, Unemployed, Disabled £6.00 pp Family ticket (up to 2 adults + 3 children) £25.00 Single parent ticket (1 adult + 3 children) £16.00 Adult parties of 10 or more (20% discount) £8.00 pp


  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

By Road: M27 to junction 11. Follow A32 to Gosport and brown tourist signs to Explosion! Museum at Priddy's Hard. By Rail: Mainline route London to Portsmouth Harbour. Take the frequent ferry service across to Gosport (3mins). From the Ferry at Gosport, turn right and follow the Millennium Promenade to Explosion! at Priddy’s Hard (20mins walk) or taxi to Forton Lake Bridge (3mins).

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Auditorium
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Mail order service available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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