Research and collections
Personal stories of wars, battles and events of great significance make the history of the Royal Marines come to life. The Curators at the Museum collect and display contemporary material so that the story of our history is told up to the present day, allowing visitors to appreciate the extraordinary acts of heroism and bravery of Royal Marines deployed around the world today.
The Museum depicts the history of the Royal Marines from 1664 to the present day through a unique collection of artefacts, pictures and documents.
One of the most outstanding collections is the medal collection consisting of over 8000 items including gallantry, campaign and foreign awards. Over 80% of this can be seen on display in the Medal Room.
The Museum also has a notable paintings collection, some of which can be seen hanging in the Minstrel’s Gallery. Most of the Museum’s collections have been generously donated by the public or serving and former Royal Marines creating a strong emphasis on individuals and their stories. Contemporary material is also displayed allowing visitors to appreciate the extraordinary acts of heroism and bravery of Royal Marines deployed around the world today.
The Museum is also part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) whose wider collections include items relating to the Fleet Air Arm, Submarine Service, Surface Fleet and naval firepower among many other things. For more information please see the main NMRN collections page.