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Explosion! Museum of Naval Power

Firepower is a hands-on, interactive museum in the historic setting of a fomer gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy's Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour. Priddy's Hard was once a busy Naval Armament supply depot that provided the Royal Navy with its ammunition for over two hundred years.

Telling the story of naval warfare from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles, the two hour tour of the museum inludes a stunning multi-media film show set in the original 18th century gunpowder vault.

There's a fascinating social history too, including the story of how 2,400 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 it's improtance 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-visitor so please stop by and enjoy the Camber Dock overlooking the stunning views of the harbour.

Opening times

April - October, open daily (10 am - 5 pm, last admission to the galleries at 4 pm)

November - March, open Satruday and Sunday ony ( 10 am - 4 pm, last admission to the galleries at 3pm)


20% off individual tickets for all CBA members. Not valid for events, joint or waterbus tickets. To claim take along your CBA membership card and a copy of this page. Offer valid until 31 December 2013.

Address: Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Hants, PO12 4LE


Telephone: 02392 505603

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