Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich
Park Row
Greenwich
Greater London
SE10 9NF
England

Website

Main museum website

www.rmg.co.uk

Collections online

www.collections.rmg.co.uk/

PortCities London

www.portcities.org.uk/london

Royal Observatory blog

www.rmg.co.uk/rog/

Caird Library blog

www.rmg.co.uk/library

E-mail

Bookings

bookings@rmg.co.uk

Caird Library

library@rmg.co.uk

Telephone

Museum switchboard

020 8858 4422

Recorded information line

020 8312 6565

Bookings

020 8312 6608

Venue hire

020 8312 6693

Library

020 8312 6516

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum
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Royal Museums Greenwich comprises of three linked sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the 17th-century Queen's House. Set among the beautiful scenery and architecture of Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the world's largest maritime museum, the Prime Meridian of the world and London's only planetarium.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Science centre, Ship or maritime heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Daily, 10.00-17.00
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

All three sites close early on 31 December and open late on 1 January and on the occasion of the London Marathon each year.

Admission charges

For further information visit rmg.co.uk

Getting there

See our website for full transport details to our site
http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/get-here/

Additional info

There is limited parking at weekends for cars and motorcycles.
Please call in advance for:
Disabled parking
Guided tours
Library visits

The Queen's House is a registered wedding venue.

The National Maritime Museum's collections contain over two million items relating to seafaring, navigation, astronomy and time measurement. The collections include Nelson's Trafalgar uniform and the Harrison Chronometers.

The Museum is committed to improving access to its collections and over 10,000 objects are now available online: www.nmm.ac.uk/collections

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Maritime, Performing Arts, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Prime Meridian of the World
  • Peter Harrison Planetarium
  • The Queen's House Tulip Stairs and Great Hall
  • John Harrison's famous chronometers
  • Nelson's bullet-pierced coat
  • Relics from the tragic Franklin and Scott voyages
  • New Visions contemporary art programme
  • The Caird Library, including specialist collections for researching family history
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
painting showing a View of the Monuments of Easter Island

The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768 – 80

  • 7 August 2014 — 30 June 2015 *on now

Imagine seeing an animal as remarkable as a kangaroo for the first time. When Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Pacific returned to Britain in 1771, he brought back accounts and images of extraordinary lands, peoples, flora and fauna. Returning twice more over the following decade, Cook established a pattern for voyages of discovery that combined scientific investigation with artistic response. Specially commissioned artists accompanied all three voyages, as well as producing works in Britain from specimens and accounts collected on the spot.

This August, in freshly-refurbished rooms at the centre of the Queen’s House, exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by five artists bring to life the attempt to understand this strange new world. The newly-acquired paintings by George Stubbs of a kangaroo and dingo go on display with portraits, landscapes and scenes of encounter with Pacific islanders, painted by William Hodges and John Webber on the second and third voyages; as well as botanical prints based on drawings by Sydney Parkinson, who died before the first voyage reached home.

These artists produced extraordinary images which worked both as scientific records of carefully-planned exploration, and sensitive representations of an unfolding new world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/future/art-science-exploration-1768-80

painting of Nelson

Nelson, Navy, Nation: The story of the Royal Navy and the British people, 1688–1815

  • 21 October 2013 — 21 October 2020 *on now

From bustling dockyards to ferocious sea battles, the gallery brings to life the tumultuous 18th century, exploring how the Royal Navy shaped everyday lives as it became a central part of society and turned sea-faring heroes into national celebrities.

Journeying from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, Nelson, Navy, Nation brings together over 250 star objects from the Museum’s collections, from the sailor’s shoes worn to impress on shore leave and love tokens sent to sweethearts, to a fiendish seven-barrelled volley gun and an amputation knife and bullet forceps. Discover what made men join up, how they lived and what kept them in line; and how the Navy loomed large in all areas of the popular imagination, from caricatures to keepsakes and collectables.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

National Maritime Museum

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/nelson-navy-nation/about

view of exhibition The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Emire

The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire

  • 1 November 2013 — 1 November 2018 *on now

This gallery is about the movement of people, goods and ideas across and around the Atlantic Ocean from the 17th century to the 19th century.

The connections created by these movements changed the lives of people on three continents, profoundly affecting their cultures and societies and shaping the world we live in today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/atlantic-worlds

War Artists at Sea

  • 1 February 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

Showcasing the very best of Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art, this new display includes visually arresting and moving portraits, battle scenes, and depictions of everyday life during conflict.

Charged with the task of revealing a ‘truth’ that went beyond the simple recording of events, official war art served the purposes of commemoration, instruction, documentation and propaganda as well as raising morale at home and at the front.

War Artists at Sea features paintings and works on paper and consists of a rolling programme of displays throughout 2014. Artists on display include: Leslie Cole, Eric Ravilious, Richard Eurich, Norman Wilkinson, Stephen Bone, William Dring, John Worsley, and Charles Wheeler.

Admission

Please check admission charges before visiting.

Website

http://www.​rmg.​co.​uk

painting from guiding lights exhibition

Guiding Lights: 500 Years of Trinity House and Safety at Sea

  • 1 April 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

Five hundred years ago, a fraternity of London mariners was given a charter by Henry VIII and became the Corporation of Trinity House - with instructions to improve the safety of navigation on the Thames.

Since then, Trinity House has looked after pilotage, buoys, beacons and lightships and has become the Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands. The work of Trinity House over the last 500 years has prevented countless shipwrecks and immense loss of life, and its employees have shown great skill, bravery and endurance.

While Trinity House’s aims have remained constant its methods of achieving them have changed dramatically as new technology is adopted and developed.

This small gallery displays objects and stories from throughout the organisation’s history as well as looking to the future as Trinity House continues to work ‘for the benefit and safety of all mariners’.

Website

http://www.​rmg.​co.​uk

image from longitude punkd

Longitude Punk'd

  • 11 April 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Open from 11 April 2014–4 January 2015, Longitude Punk’d at the Royal Observatory will celebrate the creations of wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the 18th century. Royal Museums Greenwich has commissioned eight UK steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828.

To coincide with Longitude Punk'd at the Royal Observatory and Ships, Clocks & Stars at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich and Jurassic London will be publishing Irregularity, an anthology of original short fiction inspired by the 18th-century quest to impose humanity's order on nature's chaos.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check website for ticket prices.

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/longitude-punkd

photograph of navigation machinery

Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude

  • 11 July 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

The race to determine longitude at sea gripped Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, becoming a focus for serious debate, popular ridicule and single-minded scientific endeavour. Valuable rewards were on offer for whoever could crack the puzzle and Ships, Clocks & Stars presents the ingenious methods and instruments designed to scoop the Board of Longitude’s prize and transform seafaring navigation forever.

The exhibition takes visitors from the coffee houses of London to the tropical climes of Cook’s Pacific voyages, exploring the industry, imagination, relationships and rivalries that shaped one of the largest scientific and technical accomplishments in history; and showing that this world-changing tale does not begin and end with Harrison’s famous timekeepers.

Admission

£8.50 combined adult ticket includes entry to both Ships, Clocks & Stars and Longitude Punk'd exhibitions.

Website

http://www.​rmg.​co.​uk

photograph of medals

Forgotten Fighters: the First World War at Sea

  • 1 August 2014 — 1 August 2015 *on now

As part of the National Maritime Museum’s commemoration of World War One this new gallery explores the naval and maritime dimensions of that conflict.

The horrors of the Western Front have long dominated our understanding of those years, and yet the war at sea was fought on an epic scale and with terrible human loss.

Forgotten Fighters foregrounds the personal stories of those who participated through a wide range of objects including weaponry, photographs, medals and ship models; in a gallery which takes visitors from the heroism of merchant mariners to the shattering realities of naval battle, and from the Falkland Islands and the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and the North Sea.

Website

http://www.​rmg.​co.​uk

A photograph of a quadruple lunar halo over a snowy landscape

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • 1 September 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

The Royal Observatory’s hugely popular Astronomy Photographer of the Year returns in 2014 to celebrate the very best in astrophotography from around the world.

The competition opens for entries in January 2014, with photographers invited to submit work to categories including ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Deep Space’ ‘Our Solar System’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer’. The winning images are selected by an expert judging panel which includes the Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula.

After the awards are announced in September 2014 the winning photographs will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Royal Observatory.

The 2013 contest received a record number of entries, with over 1,200 outstanding pictures submitted from 49 countries around the globe. More details and previous winning images can be found at www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

Admission

Please check admission charges before visiting.

view of exhibition Voyagers: Britons and the Sea

Voyagers: Britons and the Sea

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Set in the heart of the new Sammy Ofer Wing, Voyagers tells the story of Britain and the sea, illustrating the contemporary significance of maritime histories and the personal stories of our island nation.

The gallery, designed by Real Studios, contains over 200 objects representing the extraordinary depth and range of the Museum’s collection. Voyagers also features a dynamic audio-visual installation created by The Light Surgeons, using bespoke software developed by Flightphase.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/voyagers

view of Traders exhibition at RMG

Traders: the East India Company and Asia

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Traders: the East India Company and Asia is a permanent gallery exploring Britain’s maritime trade with Asia, focusing on the role played by the East India Company.

For over 250 years, the East India Company uniquely shaped trade between Britain and Asia. The gallery explores the influence of Company trade and power, tracing the changing relationships between Britain and Asia that this brought about.

This trade involved key commodities, different locations and many people. It had consequences that changed Britain and the world and still affect us today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/traders

photograph of intallation Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the fundraising appeal to buy Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the National Maritime Museum and ensure it remains on permanent display has been a success.

The work, which is a scaled down replica of HMS Victory, now has a permanent new home outside the recently opened Sammy Ofer Wing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/nelsons-ship-in-a-bottle

photograph of child on the Great Map

The Great Map

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The Great Map provides a space at the centre of the Museum where people can gather, delve deeper into our collections, and join in with events and celebrations. This multi-sensory experience is especially suitable for families.

Walk across the map’s surface, and use a touch-screen tablet to uncover stories of female pirates, Scott’s Antarctic expedition and many more. Understand from live data the currents and winds that drive vessels and people across the world’s oceans and seas.

Have fun on The Great Map playing games with your friends and family. With five games to choose from there is a game for everyone. Pick a card and explore the world as a submarine or build bridges across continents!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/the-great-map

image of hand holding pen, drawing a face

Unseen: The Lives of Looking, by Dryden Goodwin

  • 5 March — 26 July 2015

Acclaimed contemporary artist Dryden Goodwin creates his first feature-length film, considering the act of looking. Charting a series of close encounters by the artist, the film focuses on three individuals with a particular relationship to looking: a planetary explorer, an eye surgeon and a human rights lawyer; the artist’s own gaze reflects on their endeavours, through his intense drawing and filmmaking activity.

The solo exhibition will include drawings produced during the production of the film, as well as artefacts used by all four lookers in their work. In addition, items from the Museum’s collections highlight three figures in the history of the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and Royal Hospital School, to consider how working at Greenwich has always involved detailed observation.

Where

The Queen's House

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/unseen-dryden-goodwin

image of message in a bottle

Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into the Uncharted

  • 28 March — 1 August 2015

With so much history secured in one museum – so many objects, so many stories, so many doorways to other times and other worlds – Against Captain's Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted will take you on the adventure of a lifetime through the National Maritime Museum’s extraordinary collection of maritime artefacts.

Exciting, enlightening, and, who knows, perhaps just a tiny bit dangerous, Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted promises a theatrical journey through the Museum, the like of which has never been seen before. Anyone brave enough to get on board will scarcely believe what will happen next…

Performances are open to schools and families with children aged 6-12yrs.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10.00 on Wednesday 24 September.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£19.75.

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/against-captains-orders

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Travelling the Universe

  • 14 April — 19 May 2015

This course explores space travel, from our earliest ideas about how space travel might be achieved, via recent, current and near future developments in crewed and un-crewed space travel, to speculation on how interstellar travel and time travel might be achieved. No prior scientific knowledge is required.

Course takes place on Tuesdays.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£78.00 per person.

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/calendar/travelling-universe2015

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Leading Lives – Leadership lessons from Elizabeth I and Ernest Shackleton

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.20278

Through their stories, students will examine some of the key themes within the leadership module of their Business Studies course, including: management styles; leading in a crisis; team-building; the promotion of a strong image and corporate 'brand'.

How to obtain

This session is only available to schools and college groups and must be booked in advance:
call +44 (0)20 8312 8575
fax +44 (0)20 8312 6522
e-mail bookings@nmm.ac.uk

My First Visit

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.21055

A very special introduction to the Museum, tailor-made for our youngest visitors. In these hands-on, multi-sensory taught sessions, children explore treasures of the Museum's unique collection through role-play, games, puzzles, riddles, and handling real objects.

How to obtain

This session is only available to schools groups and must be booked in advance:
call +44 (0)20 8312 8575
fax +44 (0)20 8312 6522
e-mail bookings@nmm.ac.uk

PortCities London

http://www.portcities.org.uk/london/server/show/nav.001

Use this website to explore the history of maritime London from Roman settlements to today's Docklands. Find out about the individuals and events that have contributed to its wealth and importance, and discover the communities who have made this great port city their home.

The Adventures of Tintin at Sea

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/tintinfun/

Vikings Online

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/schools/resources/vikings-support-materials

This set of downloadable PDF documents has been specially written for teachers. They contain teachers' notes, classroom activiites and clear illustrations to support children studying the Vikings as raiders, traders and settlers.

How to obtain

Download from website.

Getting there

See our website for full transport details to our site
http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/get-here/

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