National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool Appeals for local support as prepares to reopen on 17 May


The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool (NMRNH), part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy group, is delighted to announce that they will be reopening on 17 May 2021. Visitors will once again be able to return to the Tees Valley museum and step aboard the extraordinary HMS Trincomalee, the oldest floating warship in Europe. With COVID safety measures reviewed and in place, pre-booking ahead of a visit remains essential and timed booking slots will be available online from 10am on Wednesday 5 May.

The NMRNH is located at the historic Jackson Dock and plays a vital role in the local tourist and hospitality offer and is also a major part of the area’s regeneration ambitions.

General Manager of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, Roslyn Adamson says “We are so excited to welcome our visitors back to our site. Last year was absolutely devastating as Hartlepool was subject to prolonged local restrictions in addition to national lockdowns. These restrictions were obviously necessary to protect our local community but we are glad to be able to open our doors again and welcome everyone back safely. It was so sad seeing what is normally a busy and energetic site so empty and it has had a catastrophic impact on our income. We know that HMS Trincomalee holds a special place in the heart of the local community and we are appealing to them to come back and support her this year.”

“We’ll be reopening with an action-packed daily programme of activities you won’t find anywhere else. Visitors are always amazed at the live action of our weapon demonstrations and our rope making displays are equally fascinating. Our fabulous pirate ship playground and picnic area is another extremely popular feature of a family visit along with our Fighting Ships and Press Gang experiences. And let’s not forget, a ticket lasts for a full year so it’s a great value day out for everyone.”

Director General for the NMRN, Professor Dominic Tweddle says “We are delighted to be able to welcome back visitors to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool this summer after another extended period of closure. Over 80% of our income comes from visitors. Without visitors, we will not survive. They are our lifeblood. Ours is a world class experience and we are optimistic that this summer will be a safe and memorable one.”

As well as managing capacities, the museum will also adhere to social distancing measures. Roslyn has expanded on some of the logistical issues stating that “COVID-19 safety measures in the museum have been in place since our last reopening in September. We have been updating these to ensure visitors have a great experience with us as their safety and enjoyment is our highest priority. In order to ensure their safety and make guests feel comfortable there will be a one-way route on board HMS Trincomalee and staff will be taking care to control capacity in our outdoor demonstration areas.”

Further details on the measures being put in place for the reopening of the site will be shared when time slots go on sale on but include the need for all tickets to be pre-booked for allocated timed slots with track and trace confirmation and hygiene measures. The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool is a proud recipient of VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark which means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

Time slots for visiting The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool will be available to book online from 5 May at

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