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Reopened Mary Rose Museum promises panoramic views of a Tudor classic

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An artist's recreation of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545
An artist's recreation of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545
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 The Mary Rose, The Anthony Roll 1546
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 The Mary Rose, The Anthony Roll 1546
Digital recreation of what the Mary Rose emblem form may have looked like in 1545 
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Digital recreation of what the Mary Rose emblem form may have looked like in 1545 
An artist's recreation of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545
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An artist's recreation of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545
Mary Rose taken from the Ship hall after its recovery 1982
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Mary Rose taken from the Ship hall after its recovery 1982
Raising of the Mary Rose in 1982
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Raising of the Mary Rose in 1982
The Mary Rose on display
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The Mary Rose on display
The drying apparatus used in the Mary Rose restoration
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The drying apparatus used in the Mary Rose restoration
A look at the Mary Rose 
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A look at the Mary Rose 
The museum reopened on July 20
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The museum reopened on July 20
The ship has been cleaned, cured and dried out
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The ship has been cleaned, cured and dried out
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After six months of restoration work, the Mary Rose Museum is open to the public once again, offering an even more immersive look at life aboard a Tudor ship. Visitors will be granted a panoramic view of the ship's deck from nine different galleries, aided by floor-to-ceiling glass.

Built in 1510, the Mary Rose served as the flagship for Henry VIII's fleet until it was sunk under mysterious circumstances 471 years ago. It was rescued from the deep in 1982, and experts have been cleaning, treating and drying the hull ever since, in an attempt to preserve it.

Finally, the hull has reached a stable state. The drying apparatus has been removed, giving visitors an unimpeded view of the deck from nine different galleries. This is the culmination of a £39 million (about US$50 million) restoration project, which has seen more than 9 million visitors since being first displayed in 1983.

"The story of the Mary Rose spans almost 500 years and this is a very exciting close to the latest chapter in her history. From the 20th July visitors will have stunning panoramic views of the ship from all nine galleries," says Helen Bonser-Wilton, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust.

Source: Mary Rose Museum

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