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National Maritime Museum

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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: 442088584422
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Pepys Exhibition fascinating but not ideally presented

It's easy to criticise - so let's say at the outset that this is a 'must see' exhibition. Pepys' perspectives have informed so much of our historical understanding, so bringing so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The quality of the exhibits is outstanding; the Trafalgar gallery particularly so. Nelson's coat and his other items are amazing in many ways. They take you back to the battle itself. The whole of the Greenwich area is a super place to spend a day.

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's easy to criticise - so let's say at the outset that this is a 'must see' exhibition. Pepys' perspectives have informed so much of our historical understanding, so bringing so much together is therefore a great idea, and the NMM have done a good job. The way they have presented the material - with a focus on the more... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Samuel Pepys was lucky to live in interesting times, if you can call the great fire and the plague interesting! The exhibition made me want to read Pepys, just to hear how londoners lived in the 17th centuary. I will be going back to the museum, because I didn't have enough time to see much of the permanent collection, but... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had opted to visit the Cutty Sark and then the Greenwich Observatory and in between visit the Maritime Museum as it was free. Once we went through the door we decided to save it to last as we wanted to take our time. The building itself is majestic enough but they have done a really good job on the... More 

Thank AlastairMac
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There was fascinating background on the period from 1660 to 1685 and I spent an hour there. However, the uniqueness of Pepys's Diary - the fact that it is so detailed and quirky and personal - did not come out. Nor did they choose extracts that might have shown Pepys's character. His well-known account of the Great Fire of London... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a national museum this is a bit of a disappointment. Regional museums have far better interpretation and accessibility. If you're not especially fussed about hundreds of ship models and commemorative plates then give it a miss.

1 Thank Tom H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good and informative collection . Nicely curated. Great location. Good arrangements. Children will enjoy the place.

Thank Payal G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Picture the scene. A queue of upwards of 15 people, most of whom were waiting to buy tickets for the exhibition 'Plague, Fire, Revolution' (which was excellent, by the way). Picture 5 members of staff at hand, two of whom were idly chatting; one, the cloakroom attendant, stood with her arms crossed waiting for customers; One staring impassively ahead, and... More 

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Long Eaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the museum as my father wanted to go there as part of his birthday trip to London. A particular part of interest was Turners painting of HMS Victory and the battle of Trafalgar. The narration went well with the painting however the thing that spoils the whole day was the intrusive and in my opinion, unnecessary loud announcements... More 

Thank rescue193uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great attractions for young children on a rainy day who may not be interested in everything. There is a great gift shop and cafe. My daughter loves running over the map of the world and playing in the interactive zone at the front of the museum. The only limiting factor is their strict no buggy policy even with a 3... More 

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