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:

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 — 21 October 2022 *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


National Maritime Museum


Exposure: Lives at Sea

  • 17 May 2021 — 17 May 2022

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


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020

  • 17 May — 8 August 2021

32 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from last year’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are on display at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10.00 Adult | £5 Child


Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraiture

  • 28 May — 31 October 2021

In a unique collaboration with London’s National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich will host Tudors to Windsors. This major exhibition of royal portraiture will give visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with the kings, queens and their heirs who have shaped British history and were so central to Greenwich. The exhibition will consider the development of royal portraiture over 500 years and features some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10 Adult | £5 Child


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.
Children view artworks in the stores

Conservation LIVE | Behind the scenes at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

  • 13 May 2021 6:30-8:30pm *on now

Want to see how we’ve been keeping our collections safe during lockdown? Join us live from the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, our state-of-the-art conservation studio and storage centre, and meet the incredible people who look after our museum objects every day.
Presenter: Matthew Cahill
• Daniel Martin, Head of Collections Services
• Karen Jensen, Object Conservation Manager
• Louise Bascombe, Collections Storage Officer

With live panel discussion and videos about some of the most significant recent conservation projects at Royal Museums Greenwich, including:
• Treasures of the collection: conserving Captain Scott’s shoes
• Time for tea: how do you preserve a centuries-old ship’s biscuit?
• Inside the conservation studio – caring for a delicate pastel drawing
• Inside the photography studio – making the collection accessible to all

Join us live on Facebook and YouTube, or visit us online at

Suitable for

  • Any age




The Objectification of Royal Women's Bodies as Symbols of the State

  • 24 May 2021 6-7pm

This virtual panel event explores how the public role of royal women is defined by gender. How did Elizabeth I present herself as the 'mother' of England in the age of empire-building? How have Royal women in the modern era navigated their relationship with the state, media, and British public and what does this say about how gender plays a role in how women become embodiments of the nation state? With speakers including Professor Kate Williams (TV Broadcaster, Historian, Royal Commentator) and our own Sue Pritchard (Curator of Decorative Arts at RMG).

Suitable for

  • 18+


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

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

My First Visit

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

PortCities London

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

Vikings Online

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

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

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