National Maritime Museum - Royal Museums Greenwich

Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum
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The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum with 10 free galleries and a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday-Sunday, 10.00-17.00. Closed 24-26 December.

Admission charges

Free of charge

Getting there

See our website for full transport details to our site

Additional info

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

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

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 of Nelson

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

  • 21 October 2013 — 22 October 2023 *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

Exposure: Lives at Sea

  • 17 May 2021 — 31 December 2022 *on now

Over 85% of all goods coming to the UK still arrive by ship; we rely on the maritime sector for our food, ecosystem services, energy and transportation, yet it is a world rarely seen.
Bringing together photography taken around the world by those in the sector, this exhibition shines a light on this often forgotten but integral work.
From the incredible reefs of Mexico to the isolation of Antarctica, the photographs show us the myriad ways life can be spent at sea, and both the physical and mental challenges seafarers face on a daily basis.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/national-maritime-museum/exposure-lives-sea

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13

  • 18 September 2021 — 7 August 2022 *on now

Now in its thirteenth year, the spellbinding winning and shortlisted images from this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are on display at the National Maritime Museum. From distant stars to awesome aurorae, these wondrous visions of the cosmos reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky.
The past year was one like no other which greatly affected the photography community. See how photographers who couldn’t travel in the year of a pandemic captured their local skies like never before. Astronomy Photographer of the Year is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10.00 Adult | £5 Child
10% discount for members

Website

https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/astronomy-photographer-year/exhibition

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.
Two children show off crafted items

LGBTQ+ Family Network

  • 15 January 2022 10am-12pm

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection!

See the website for more information about meet ups or to sign up to the mailing list and/or Facebook group.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/national-maritime-museum/lgbtq-family-network

Lunar New Year

  • 29 January 2022 11am-4pm

Celebrate the year of the Tiger at the National Maritime Museum this Lunar New Year. We are working with local community groups to put on activities for all ages. Participate in family workshops, explore the collection, and see showstopper performances.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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.

Family Trails at the National Maritime Museum

https://www.rmg.co.uk/family-trails-national-maritime-museum-0

There is loads for families to see and do at the National Maritime Museum. Pick up one of the family trails or backpacks from the 'Play and Explore' trolley and discover objects, stories and people in the Museum galleries.

Free, donations welcome | Available daily

Getting there

See our website for full transport details to our site

National Maritime Museum - Royal Museums Greenwich
Park Row
Greenwich
Greater London
SE10 9NF
England

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Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum

Telephone

Museum switchboard

020 8858 4422

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.
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