The North's Permier Maritime Attraction


Welcome to The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

NMRN Hartlepool is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport and a fantastic place to visit for families, groups and schools - in fact everybody. It brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar.

Travel back in our mari-time machine to experience how it was aboard a real British naval frigate, two centuries ago. Explore the historic quayside, featuring 'Pressganged', 'Fighting Ships', realistic period shops and houses and much more.

Talk to our guides - all in authentic period dress, marvel at Britain's oldest warship afloat HMS Trincomalee, find out about all our events and discover the fascinating Museum of Hartlepool.

All your visitor information is here, so have a fabulous, fun day out at the North East of England's Premier Maritime Attraction and winner of the North East Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009.



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It's national talk like a pirate day on September 19! Download your 'Talk like a pirate' pack here.

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We have a lot of events on over the next couple of months to celebrate the bicentenary.

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HMS Trincomalee and Friends

Date: Tues 8 August

Time: 13.00

Today, she is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s family which includes HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, but Trincomalee has had links with many other famous and not so famous ships over the years. Come and discover the sometimes poignant stories behind those relationships.

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HMS Trincomalee - Pretty as a Picture

Date: Weds 23 August
Time: 13.00
In this beautifully illustrated talk you will find out about some of the finest images of the ship and the artists and stories behind them.

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Women on Board!

Date: Fri 8 September
Time: 18.00
It was once considered unlucky to have women on board a ship but it was not as uncommon as we might have been led to believe. In this talk by the ship’s Curator, you can find out about some of the women who knew HMS Trincomalee from another woman who knows HMS Trincomalee!

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The Soul of HMS Trincomalee

Date: Tues 19 September
Time: 13.00
The figurehead is often thought of as the soul of a ship and a valuable icon to those who trusted their lives to the vessel. Find out the story of Trincomalee’s figurehead and other decorative carvings in this talk by the Curator.

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Caring for Trinc

Date: Tues 3 October
Time: 18.00
In order for the ship to survive another 200 years there’s more to looking after her than an occasional coat of paint! 
Come and find out about some of the techniques, traditional and modern, that are used to look after HMS Trincomalee and her associated objects

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Hands on Deck Workshop

Date: Weds 18 October
Time: 13.00
The Curator has raided the show cases and museum stores so that you can get close up and personal with some of the sorts of objects that were on board the ship in her heyday. You can also see artefacts and personal recollections from the people who worked and trained on her. Limited numbers for this workshop

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