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National Maritime Museum

#160 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8858 4422
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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Great free visit

Lots of things to see and do ,I enjoyed it. Check out the floor large world map. People were very nice Clean loos Saw whole thing in an hour Close to Greenwich park

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of things to see and do ,I enjoyed it. Check out the floor large world map. People were very nice Clean loos Saw whole thing in an hour Close to Greenwich park

Thank Misslovefood87
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're interested in maritime history, this is the place to visit. There are galleries for maritime warfare, trade (of goods and slaves), and leisure. There's a children's section which is quite popular, too. And if you're not interested in maritime history, skip this museum (or perhaps just pop in and do a quick look-see since it's free).

Thank Ben S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

London has many, many museums, and this is the one I've enjoyed the most. My first visit was only 5 hours, and it wasn't long enough! Located in history-laden Greenwich, which is easily reached by London's tube system. Extensive, well-done exhibits on many themes, with many areas and activities specifically designed for children. Very modern inside; Free admission. My wife... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on our way to the royal observatory and didn't plan on visiting this museum. However, passing through it shortened the way, so in we went... And stayed for four hours! The two children galleries are absolutely fun, and the historical displays are interesting and impressive. This is a "must see" museum for families with children.

Thank Shlomi C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is UK's premier maritime museum and the largest of its kind in the world. Located in Greenwich it is close to the Cutty Sark, and the Royal Observatory which is at the top of the hill overlooking the NMM. We particularly enjoyed the gallery set up to describe the Battle of Jutland. Admission to the Museum is free but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this Greenwich attraction on a cold November afternoon whilst in the area and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours drifting around the displays which to my surprise even included the clothing Nelson wore during his last battle. Overall a wonderful reminder of our rich history. Highly recommended.

Thank jaspandsal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We joined Nick for a tour of 'the outside' which was excellent- we learnt a lot. We also paid to see the Lady Hamilton exhibition which was worth the money - very well laid out. Tip - I now get a copy of the guide for the visually impaired as I get fed up not being able to see the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The most boring museum in the universe. It would have been more interesting to sleep or look at the wall.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I visited the 'museum lates' immersive theatre experience. The museum was fantastic and full of fascinating artefacts with interesting themes and rooms throughout. However the event we attended was poorly run, it was more like a murder mystery set-up with no clear storyline which meant the mystery was never solved! It was pretty poor unfortunately and had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun museum to visit with children. Our toddler (and we!) liked the big map upstairs, the play area, the big ships, and the kids play time session with the museum staff. The museum is surrounded by a large beautiful park and is a nice walk to the Greenwich prime meridian. I'd strongly recommend this museum to anyone with kids under... More 

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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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