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National Maritime Museum

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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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we visited this with two of our grandchildren, aged 9 and 5, and they enjoyed it very much. There were a number of interactive items, including a sailing simulator, which the 9... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

we visited this with two of our grandchildren, aged 9 and 5, and they enjoyed it very much. There were a number of interactive items, including a sailing simulator, which the 9 year old and his father enjoyed! The 5 year old thoroughly enjoyed the "under 8s" area, which we had trouble getting her out of!

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a review of the interactive performance of Against Captain's Orders and I should say that I wasn't there, but my boys of 9 and 11 went with their grandfather. They are notoriously hard to please and are generally fairly scathing about this sort of thing, but they came back absolutely raving about it, both giving it 9 out... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Throughly enjoyed my visit to the NMM, there was plenty of exhibitions to look at and I particularly enjoyed the Nelson's Navy displays. Featuring his jacket from the Battle of Trafalgar and the Death of Nelson painting - really interesting to see! The exhibition also featured a lot of Naval artwork, very unusual to see but a real treat! Other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Having wanted to visit here for quite a while now, the opportunity came as we where in London. So we popped in for a little look around. Sadly I was a little disappointed with what we found, the big map which we though was to be some giant historic map proved to be a massive map of the earth painted... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

If you are having to make tough choices about what to leave out of your visit to London, this is one you can skip. Having said that, this is a very good museum for people interested in this important aspect of British history. The most interesting artifact we saw was Admiral Nelson's uniform - with bullet hole - from the... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Visited the museum purely to see "against captains orders". Really lovely setting with a big Park for picnics etc. Had a look around as we were early for our 15.30 show. I was with my aunt and my 6 year old son. Plenty of seating and (free) things to look at whilst waiting, also a cafe to get drinks and... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

What an interesting free museum, especially for families. As a Graphic Designer, I was impressed by all the displays, and my boys aged 9 and 10 loved the Giant Map and the Figureheads. It's an attractive building a few minutes walk from the Cutty Sark. We also ate in the Brasserie (using our discount Gourmet Card) which overlooks Greenwich Park.... More 

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The museum is near Greenwich centre, between the Cutty Sark and the Observatory. There is no admission fee, but donations are requested. The museum is on 3 floors and tells the story of Britain's maritime past, often using models, don't expect full size ships. The treasure in the museum is Nelson's coat he was wearing when he was killed at... More 

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Cowley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Reasonable, but could do more to engage adult visitors and bring the history to life A few days ago a friend and I, both keen amateur photographers, took a photo-hunting trip up to Greenwich (and a few other points along the way); central on the agenda was the Maritime Museum, as I have a great interest in both the waterways... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A traditional museum about the maritime history. Actualy it was smaller than I expected. Because the Maritime history is such an important part of British history. The objects on display are very beautiful; like the instruments for navigation from all over the world. It's a very authentic museum.

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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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