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National Maritime Museum

#161 of 1,616 things to do in London
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Experience the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational...

Experience the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea and packed to the gunwales with intriguing objects and fascinating galleries. See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire at pesky pirates.

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Good Exhibits & Reference Library

As a retired mariner visiting Greenwich, this is a definite museum to visit. Entry to the museum is by donation, with a suggestion for UKP 5. Lots of good displays, but couldn't... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a retired mariner visiting Greenwich, this is a definite museum to visit. Entry to the museum is by donation, with a suggestion for UKP 5. Lots of good displays, but couldn't see why they included the slave trade. I also had hoped to see more on the Merchant Navy, which is severely under represented. Also visited the reference library,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only want to write here about the children's gallery in this huge and world class museum. The museum's on the edge of Greenwich Park and next to the Thames but on our recent visit with 2 under-5s they loved the Ahoy children's place so much we spent 3 hours without even seeing the whole gallery. Ahoy has a seaside... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the cruise from London to Greenwich & spent a wonderful day. Our favorite venue was the fantastic National Maritime Museum. The collection is amazing - ship models, memorabilia, uniforms, maps, artwork - seeing Nelson's Trafalgar uniform coat was amazing & one of the highlights of this visit. Bonus - 15 of the galleries have free entrance. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've never visited this museum before. Very extensive naval history. Good models and costumes, and explanations about how people and goods were transported. A little distressing to see what happened with slavery but a good insight.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice displays, and the Jutland exhibition was particularly interesting. Could spend ages wandering the place. And it's free, lovely way to spend a worthwhile few hours.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a very pleasant afternoon in Greenwich at the end of a post-Easter break. Having not visited since childhood & my wife and daughter never having visited before, we decided to wander around the National Maritime Museum. The museum is free and contains a great many exhibits from various times of British naval history. It contains a lot of... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the National Maritime Museum again while in Greenwich. The architecture is amazing and the grounds are beautifully maintained. Entrance is still free and if you wish, you can give a small donation towards the museum’s upkeep. The exhibits are really interesting and educational and some of the scale models of the ships are fascinating. The highlight for me... More 

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Had a lovely afternoon here, took the ferry from Embankment Pier and saw the world famous bridges on the way. The museum is free, spacious, great outside area of picnics. They could do better with the exhibits, however as it costs you nothing to visit, it's hard to criticise You probably need four hours to do it justice, we had... More 

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Not a must, but indeed is actually a nice place to visit. There is not loads of things to see as other big museums so you can do it quite quickly. Well informative and for free, if you have time, why not?

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum because my great uncle died when HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sunk in June 1916. We found no reference to HMS Hampshire anywhere in the museum. The Battle of Jutland exhibition was interesting but not as detailed as the one we attended at Portsmouth Navy base last year. We tried to watch the film in... More 

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Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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