A new £27 million museum will bring together the wreck of the Mary Rose with thousands of its artefacts for the first time since they were lifted from the seabed more than 30 years ago.
The "jewellery box" centre, designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects, has been described as creating a snapshot of Tudor life every bit as vivid as Pompeii summons up Roman times.
The gunship sank off Portsmouth, Hampshire, in full view of Henry VIII during battle with the French on July 19 1545.
The ship lay undiscovered on the seabed of the Solent for centuries until its exposed timbers were seen by divers in 1971. After extensive excavations, supported by Prince Charles, more than 60 million people watched as the hull section was lifted to the surface on October 11 1982.
The wreck was placed in a museum where it has been sprayed with water and then a preservative until just last month. But its artefacts were housed separately and now the Mary Rose Trust believes it has the home it deserves to show off the wealth of treasures.
Located next to Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, the museum includes a wide range of items from 500-year-old nits to longbows and the favourite of visitors, the skeleton of the ship's dog Hatch.
Chief executive John Lippiett said: "The new Mary Rose Museum marks a new and exciting chapter in the history of The Mary Rose, providing an astonishing resource for the world to learn about the Tudors and a centre of excellence for maritime archaeology and conservation. The museum is testament to all those who have worked so hard on this remarkable 42-year project to locate, salvage and conserve the ship and her contents."
The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the same place where the ship was built in 1510, opens to visitors on May 31.
A celebratory launch day on Thursday will start with a wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site in the Solent followed by a gun salute and water cannon display as the Mary Rose bell becomes the last item to be brought to the new museum.
A flaming arrow volley will then be fired at Southsea Castle, the place where Henry watched the Mary Rose sink, before the new museum is revealed from behind a giant Tudor standard flag.