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National Maritime Museum

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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: 442088584422
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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Go see Nelson's last jacket!

The jacket Nelson wore when he was struck by the fatal musketball is the centerpiece of the museum if you ask me, certainly worth the visit. The room on the battle of Jutland is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the Maritime Museum as part of a full-day trip to Greenwich. Determine your priorities in advance because there is so much to see, you will not be able to really do it all in one day. For adults, the museum has many interesting and educational displays: ship models, a chronological look at Nelson and his legacy, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Brought the Combo ticket: Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory Was well worth the money loads to see in the Maritime Museum and to eat a great gift shop and friendly staff thoughout with stuff for the kids aswell as adults to do get your walking shoes on though to get up to see the royal observatory its a steaper hill... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The jacket Nelson wore when he was struck by the fatal musketball is the centerpiece of the museum if you ask me, certainly worth the visit. The room on the battle of Jutland is interesting too.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

actually the museum and the items exposed were less grand than expected, but it is definitely worth the visit. Some interesting stories illustrated by memorabilia. However the section on British colonial heritage could use a bit more selfcriticism.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A large museum of all things nautical. I found the working engine from a paddle steamer particularly interesting. The café is surprisingly good and there is also a bistro which I did not sample. Entrance is free but a donation is expected from most people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting place when visiting Greenwich Park, there are areas outside to view, a very large Glass bottle with a boat inside, which is surrounded by small water areas flowing down in small steps. The museum is fun for all the family with lots to see and read about, great for the kids.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of stuff was missing and all seemed really bare and empty . Upstairs just had a enormous map on the floor. I really hope this was due to something being updated!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The maritime museum is a free Atrractibn with plenty on offer for families including free craft activities for children's , interactive displays , two cafes and picnic areas. Situated in the heart of historic Greenwich with views across the Royal park. There are baby changing and toilet facilities that are clean. The galleries are interesting and have stuff for all.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We explored the museum today after visiting the Caird Library and Archive upstairs in the same building to do some research. (The staff were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to help us). The museum exhibits are presented really well to make all of the information interesting. There are lots if spaces, it's light and airy and there's... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent the day at Greenwich and about 2 hours in this museum. Lots of cool stuff and plenty of hands on for the kids. You could see it all in half a day I reckon. The coffee shop on the ground floor is pretty good as well. Free entry but the map costs a pound.

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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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