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National Maritime Museum

#163 of 1,481 things to do in London
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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
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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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See the Nelson Exhibit

A Greenwich gem with a thoughtfully designed and displayed exhibit on Admiral Lord Nelson and his various battles. Check dates as it may be closing soon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A Greenwich gem with a thoughtfully designed and displayed exhibit on Admiral Lord Nelson and his various battles. Check dates as it may be closing soon.

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Orpington England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had taken our grandson for a visit to the children's play area in Greenwich Park. We decided to go to the Cutty Sark area for some lunch, and walked through the Maritime Museum. I had last visited a few years ago to see the Titanic exhibition, and was pleasantly surprised to see how much the building and exhibit presentation... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my favourite museum anywhere in the country and again it didn't disappoint. Grest new multimedia exhibition on the Battle of Jutland. If you like boats and the sea this is THE place to go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful day. Great views, amazing history of time at the museum, and the prime meridian of time was a highlight. Puts a whole new meaning to zero hours in time !! Recommend a visit for a good insight to history of time, Greenwich and London's place in it all.

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice modern museum with interactive displays / videos but limited collections on display. I was expecting a more extensive display of artifacts and naval history. We were in Greenwich the entire day but spent less than an hour here.

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great exhibition on all aspects of life on the water and the craft we travel in. Brilliant Nelson exhibition on top floor, great gift shop, good feeding stations - a great day out as you can combine it with so many other things. But you won't do them all in one day - not if you do them justice so... More 

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

The Maritime Museum in Greenwich has always been a favourite of mine. the building is lovely and it is set by the river in beautiful parkland with the Queens House and the Royal Observatory also offering scope for a days visit....not to mention the Banqueting Hall with its marvellous decoration. This visit was to be a short one as I... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a free attraction located in lovely grounds, between the river and the Old Naval Hospital/College on one side and the royal observatory on the other. Plenty of space to walk and picnic outside on a good day and a mass of attractions inside on any day. An absolute treasure chest of facinating historical artefacts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It has a huge collection of ship figureheads, and the interactive section with the ship simulator is amazing. However, in the Nelson Navy section, when you came to the Vernom's showcase and you see the coin celebrating the victory against Blas de Lezo that never happened...

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is free though a donation can be made, it provides a fascinating insight into the country's maritime history. There are some very interesting exhibits including some relating to Lord Nelson and it was great to see the portrait of Elizabeth 1, which has been saved for the Nation. There are cafes and a good sized gift shop.

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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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