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Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth welcomes 250,000th visitor
11:28am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
The new £27 million museum housing the Mary Rose has welcomed its 250,000th visitor just 18 weeks after opening.
The centre, which brought the hull of the Tudor warship together with thousands of its artefacts for the first time, opened on May 31.
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of The Mary Rose Trust, said: ''To achieve our 250,000th visitor in such a short time far exceeds all our expectations.
''We are thrilled both with the record numbers and with the overwhelming response, which reflects the excitement that the new exhibition is generating.
''Not only have we welcomed visitors from our immediate area and across the UK, but also a considerable number from right across the world.''
The news comes three days before the museum, based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire, marks the 31st anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose on October 11 1982.
More than 600 volunteer divers and many more volunteers on shore helped with the work as the ship was excavated and recorded, and decks, cabins, and bulkheads were surveyed and brought to the surface timber by timber. In total more than 25,000 finds were recovered and almost 28,000 dives were carried out.
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