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 Royal Marines Museum depicts the history of the Royal Marines from 1664 to present day its 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. Explore this collection further by checking out the oil paintings catalogue online. You can also discover other areas of the collection through the Museum’s online exhibitions. Finally, visit our library and archive page to learn more about the Museum’s document collection.
Most of the Museum’s collections have been generously donated by the public or serving and former Royal Marines. This has created a strong emphasis on individuals and their stories. If you are interested in researching your own family’s stories please make sure to view our family history page.