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.
a black pirate flag with a skull on it

Ahoy!

  • 1 March 2015 — 1 December 2020 *on now

Our new gallery dedicated to our younger visitors. Board a pirate ship, stoke the fire of a steamship, navigate an ice-breaker, and more, all under one roof.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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 2020 *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

https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/we-recommend/attractions/atlantic-gallery-slavery-trade-empire

Battleship Warspite at Rosyth ni 1916, showing damage received at the Battle of Jutland

Jutland 1916 - WW1's Greatest Sea Battle

  • 27 May 2016 — 1 January 2021 *on now

Marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, this new display presents the compelling story of the ships, technology, strategy and impact of the battle on both the men who fought and their families. 'Jutland 1916' places the battle within the wider context of the First World War, and examines the action itself through audio-visual content created with the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet. The gallery also includes material from the Deutsches Marinemuseum and the Bundesarchiv.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/we-recommend/attractions/jutland-1916-ww1s-greatest-sea-battle

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.

OUTing the past

  • 9 February 2019 11am-4:30pm

As part of LGBT History Month, the National Maritime Museum is hosting an evening of talks celebrating and reflecting on LGBTQ lives throughout history. This year’s lectures will be exploring the experiences and perspectives of queer youth through the eyes of our expert panel. As part of the evening, historian and anthropologist Dr Clifford Williams will be presenting his archival research and bringing to light (possibly) one of the first gay teenage groups in the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Out at Sea

  • 23 February 2019 11am-4pm

Everyone is welcome at our annual festival celebrating LGBT history. Join a workshop led by the acclaimed grime poet Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson and a performance of her spoken word favourites.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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

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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