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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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Britain's Seafaring History

The museum has some fascinating exhibits and displays, including those of Nelson's Navy, the Battle of Jutland and the British East India Company. With such a broad subject, there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Nick S
Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have the slightest interest in Naval history, Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar then you will LOVE this place. See the Nelson gallery with the great mans jacket in which he received his mortal wound. You can see the hole in his shoulder where he was shot from above. Some of the memorabilia is quite kitsch plates,... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A family friendly attraction within a light and airy environment. There's a huge world map and a ship simulator (although this was out of action when we visited). A great background history of Britain's maritime history and some cool exhibits such as the Miss Britain III. Plenty of place to eat and drink either onsite or close by in Greenwich.... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cutty Sark, the national maritime museum and the Royal Observatory are a trio of magnificent attractions set in wonderful marine parkland. Much has been said already about them, so I will merely point the visitor in the direction of a compelling, but somewhat ghoulish exhibit situated in a gallery of the museum devoted to Lord Nelson. It is an... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum has some fascinating exhibits and displays, including those of Nelson's Navy, the Battle of Jutland and the British East India Company. With such a broad subject, there is an inevitable feeling that all of this can only scratch at the surface. Overall, the information is well-presented and the exhibits attractively displayed. There are plenty of free activities for... More 

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Montacute, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amongst all of the amazing exhibitions and items on display was a small stall with a proud old gentleman. The photos and maps he had related to the Yangtze Incident of 1949. This gentleman was able to give a first hand account of an amazing piece of history. It was an honour to listen to him relate his tale. Do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a big museum but I found the main floor exhibits to be interesting. I would not travel here (unless really an enthusiast) but worth a visit if you are walking by. I spent maybe 45 minutes. Very sunny and bright. There is much more to see upstairs but I was happy with first floor.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Husband said "not enough boats" !!! But very interesting spread of information with interactive above and beyond (£9) which we both enjoyed. Lots of things to look at which makes it interesting even if you aren't obsessed with "boats". Café bright and clean but a little expensive and watch out for the salad option - never had small salad -... More 

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

Something to do before or after the Royal Observatory. It is a free attraction and has some interesting exhibits.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been in London for 10 days and seen many museums and attractions, and this is the best one we've been to. The exhibits are wonderfully three dimensional, and the text is informative while still engaging. The curators seem to know what will engage children and their parents, from Admiral Nelson's bloody breeches to the amputation instruments all naval surgeons... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is under the Greenwich Park and it's free. Just average well some boring some amazing for me but good for tourists around the area.

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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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