National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum, London: Hours, Address, National Maritime Museum Reviews: 4/5

National Maritime Museum
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
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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Andrew T
Brockley, UK55 contributions
Well worth visiting
Dec 2021 • Solo
It’s been a long time since I visited and there have been several changes, all good. Well laid out and easy to dip in and out of a number of exhibits
Written December 1, 2021
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Tom B
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom40 contributions
Nelson exhibit superb, the rest don’t bother
Nov 2021 • Solo
Positives first. The Nelson exhibit was excellent. The tale of the Nelson era navy was told brilliantly with plenty of fascinating exhibits with contemporary documents, artwork and objects. For me the highlight was Nelson’s own uniform, priceless pieces of our national history and free to see! The Polar exhibition was also superb, I found the equipment and clothing carried in particular very interesting.

Now unfortunately the negatives. The museum contains practically nothing about seafaring or ships prior to the Tudor period. For an island nation there was oddly no mention of the nation’s fishing history.

The pacific and Atlantic displays were not really about ships or sea faring but more about slavery and conversion to Christianity; important for context but not to the exclusion of information about the ships or the life of sailors. This strayed firmly into the realm of social abandonment cultural history, at the expense of the maritime story.

There were exhibits around the museum providing modern opinions on the actions of people 300 years ago; pointless, uninteresting and only there for political correctness.

In a similar vein, while it is interesting to see contemporary artwork responding to the events of an era, there was too much modern artwork responding to nebulous ideas such as “the sea”; this is not an art gallery, it is a museum and for me these pieces add nothing.

In summary, some excellent features but not nearly enough history and far too much modern gloss to the detriment of genuine exhibits. This is a museum torn between presenting history and being an art gallery / cultural centre. There are far better museums covering the subject matter.
Written November 21, 2021
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Francie R
Merseyside, UK91 contributions
Needs to be back to pre-covid era
Oct 2021
After struggling a bit to find it with so many buildings all looking the same, I managed to get in. Lots of room to explore, but mainly painting and object behind glass you pass in a few minutes. Interesting the big globe on the floor upstairs and really interesting the room with all the object people can touch and explore regarding the life at sea.
Written November 13, 2021
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Squidhead
Costa Mesa, CA415 contributions
Tudors to Windsors (now closed)
Oct 2021
Why am I reviewing an exhibit that is closed? Because it is possible that the exhibit could travel somewhere (I doubt it but just in case). This chronological exhibit showed Royal portraits from the Tudors to the Windsors (as it says) and so the majority of it was paintings, photographs later. I believe that all or most of the pictures were from the National Gallery but seeing them exhibited this way gave us a real sense of time and history. I hope this exhibit is resurrected somewhere for more people to see it. I wouldn't have expected an exhibit like this at a Maritime Museum, but there you go! London is full of surprises!
Written November 7, 2021
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Mavis57
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK141 contributions
Repeat visit to an old favourite
Oct 2021
I went back to NMM because they had an exhibition on Tudors to Windsors, Royal Portraits. It was excellent and very quiet, unlike the rest of the museum, which was teeming with school parties!
Written October 26, 2021
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Tubbytummy
London, UK178 contributions
Beautiful building
Oct 2021 • Couples
I have to a lot of museums unfortunately this one has not done it for me. The buildings are beautiful from the outside and in is lovely. Clean ,smart and airy. Lot of artefacts and exhibits but just found it boring. There is a section about Atlantic trade but that was just focused all on slavery not an explanation and description of all trade routes just slavery. There is a large map of the world which was good. Sorry for poor review I may be I was hoping for a more explanation of maritime history, types of shipping and life around this maritime environment. Can not help think new portrait of history being painted. However it is free with donation requested. Overall building lovely contents and overall themes not that good. Think woke.
Written October 19, 2021
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,110 contributions
We literally got free tickets as stood outside. Well worth a visit.
Jul 2021
We had been to Cutty Sark and also The Royal Observatory and we decided to see if we could get into here as we hadnt booked tickets even though they are free. I dont know if you always have to pre-book tickets or was this due to covid measures. But during July 2021 as there werent many tourists around London, we had no problem getting the tickets as we were stood outside. It was very interesting and we spent a couple of hours in here. We had no idea that Admiral Nelson's coat etc were on display here as well as the famous painting of his death scene.
Written October 19, 2021
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Su T
Lincoln, UK25 contributions
Tudors to Windsors exhibition
Oct 2021
Tudors to Windsors exhibition was very good; we had got 241 tickets via Time Out. It wasn't busy so could take our time, but very limited seating available. We've have enjoyed it more if we could have sat down more!
Written October 17, 2021
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#travelswithhugodog
Leeds, UK88 contributions
A Must See
Oct 2021
The NMM is a fantastic place to visit.

It’s location in Greenwich means there is lots to do as well as visit the Museum.

The museum itself is wonderful with a great mix of exhibits. Very interactive and Child Friendly. The exhibits and different rooms were well set out and you can get close up to see them.

The Cafe space with the Map is light, airy and the snacks were good.

Cant recommend this Museum enough - Worth many a visit.
Written October 13, 2021
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Damian_Bailey
Andover, UK33 contributions
Excellent value for money (free!).
Oct 2021 • Couples
We were very pleasantly surprised by the wide range of photography exhibitions, from life in the Arctic to living and working at sea. Unfortunately two exhibit areas were closed but that didn’t overly spoil the day and the exhibitions were varied and interesting.

Paying slightly more to see the astronomy photographer of the year was well worth it - some stunning photography from some talented photographers.

We were engaged for just over an hour.
Written October 9, 2021
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