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National Maritime Museum

Park Row | Greenwich Park, London SE10 9NF, England
+44 (0)20 8858 4422
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Ranked #344 of 1,098 attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Upper Beeding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

To do this justice, you'll need more than one visit, but you will be well rewarded. It's not expensive, and it's very interesting, especially if you want to learn about the search for longitude. The Punk's exhibition was really not worth the effort. On the other hand the brasserie was well worth visiting.

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Pasadena
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you are interested in the British Navy, the East India Company, "discovering" America, the slave trade and the age of sail, this is the museum for you. The new Admiral Nelson exhibit is fantastic. Among the many items on display are cannons, swords, ship's bells and the clothing he was wearing when he was killed a Trafalgar. Each gallery... More

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Second time visited here as wanted to go to an exhibition. It's a really interesting place with helpful staff.

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San Francisco, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museums can be lovely but require attention and time. They're better for families than they used to be (my last visit nigh on 30 years ago...says the old dear). But still "dense" on info. The newer building and models are gorgeous. Best NOT to go when tired or time challenged... the museums are big, the wider attractions (Observatory +... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took a City Cruise on the Thames to see the Cutty Sark and decided to check out the Maritime museum while we were in the area. Learned a great deal about the history of England.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Three floors of galleries tell the history of England as a seafaring nation. Each gallery provides an overview of a certain time in England's naval history. For example, there were galleries that covered England's growth in sea trade, mercantilism, slavery, and explorers to the Americas and the Northwest passage. In each gallery a variety of information was given such as... More

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ideally I hoped for some bigger exhibits, but there are plenty of scale models of famous and not so famous warships. At least 10 different exhibits or rooms, over 3 floors, each of which are very detailed and informative. The Nelson Navy room featured his original coat and generally the museum seemed very different to the Nelson museum at Portsmouth.... More

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went specifically to see a new exhibit on 'finding longitude', having learned about it at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. It is definitely worth seeing - it is very creatively done and really interesting!

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is generally a very good museum which lets itself down by the lack of appropriate and clear signs within it. It's very unclear when you go in that the museum is free of charge and throughout the museum there are either no signs or there are conflicting signs for example two signs next to each other outside the same... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This may seem a good day out during the school holidays but I would caution against going with young children. I went with a 10 year old and while he enjoyed the large map of the world, most of the displays sailed past him… We took in the galleries dedicated to slavery, the growth of plants such as cotton and... More

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