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National Maritime Museum

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Address: Park Row | Greenwich Park, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 8858 4422
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Discover 500 years of Britain's encounter with the world at sea at the...
Discover 500 years of Britain's encounter with the world at sea at the National Maritime Museum. Explore our collection and enjoy free wifi in the Compass Lounge. See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire a cannon in our Maritime galleries.
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I have never been to this museum before, I found it very interesting. I thought the best part was the Nelson section. The paintings were brilliant especially the battle scenes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I have never been to this museum before, I found it very interesting. I thought the best part was the Nelson section. The paintings were brilliant especially the battle scenes. The 1st world war section had some great models of Royal Navy ships well worth seeing too. Overall very good a large museum with lots of exhibits to look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I have been going to the museum for some sixty years and have sympathy with some of the reviewers who feel it does not altogether reflect our maritime past. I fell in love with the magnificent ships in the glass cases and the diorama of Trafalgar, Nelsons blood stained coat and the great paintings of Sea Battles. Time has moved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Lots of seafaring stuff from all oiver the world. Kid friendly. The Johanne Blaeu globe was a high-light for me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We'd booked this months ago and weren't disappointed - although I don't think my 7 and 9 year old daughters knew exactly what to expect. We all greatly enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend to others. Skillfully put together and you can see why it took 6 weeks to build the sets; great attention to detail so keep your... More 

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich was primarily to see 'Against Captains Orders by Punchdrunk. The experience was 10/10 on all levels and our children (9 & 12) loved it and so did we. At the museum itself; just so much to see and learn. An incredible place set in beautiful surroundings in London. We're planning a... More 

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Vienna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

So much to see and beautifully done but this museum is spoiled by the constant noise of children. This is a pity. There are a couple of rooms given over to childrens' activities, which is fine, but it is the 'Great Map' upstairs which is the real problem. Kids running around all over it and making a noise which is... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The museum contains some wonderful pieces of naval history and the story telling is effectively done throughout the exhibitions. The museum is particularly good for children with a number of great interactive events taking place. The history of Nelson is particularly well presented and the museum as a whole is impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The museum had laid on super activies for the half term, however it was dissapointing to find that parts of the displays had been taken by previous visitors, for instance there were hardly any fish in the fishing pond. I do not blame the museum, but previous visitors who allowed there children to take things that do not belong to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great place from the architectural point of view, and eye-catching large pieces on the perimeter of the ground floor, BUT over crowded and no flow in the exhibits (disjoint, jumping theme, including items [environment] that have little to do with the title of the museum.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It saddens me to see such a wonderful museum with a magnificent collection turn over so much space to the amusement of young children. The "National" (sic) Maritime Museum now compares poorly with the maritime museums in Liverpool, Freemantle, Sydney and Amsterdam in exhibition content and presentation. Whilst fully agreeing that museums must cater for future generations and that children... More 

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SamRMG, Manager at National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for passing on your feedback. Great to hear your granddaughter enjoyed our new AHOY! children's gallery. Sorry to hear you thought the museum was lacking in adult exhibitions. Though the new children's gallery is aimed at under 7s there are still a number of permanent galleries for older visitors. Did you manage to see Forgotten Fighters,... 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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