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National Maritime Museum

#160 of 1,501 things to do in London
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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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A very nice museum in which you can easily pass 3 to 4 hours. For the younger kids, there is a dedicated play area and there is also a dedicated learning area. The world war 1... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very nice museum in which you can easily pass 3 to 4 hours. For the younger kids, there is a dedicated play area and there is also a dedicated learning area. The world war 1 exhibit and movie was simply moving. The history is fantastic. The other shipping memorabilia on display is very good as well. Highly recommended museum.... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was an ad-hoc visit as aI had some spare time at the area. I was expecting to see more about sailing ships at least a ship. Quite a lot of information for major British Naval Wars, arms, cannons; lots of daily life information and gadgets collected from ships but no ship. Not worth more than an hour or two.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is brilliant. The exhibits are varied and use poetry, images, movement, sound and touch- a real treat for the senses. Thought provoking exhibitions for example on slavery or the eastern trade routes. A very human take. Lots of opportunities for hands on or research. Well worth a visit.

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Georgia Coast, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From Paddington Station we took the tube and buses to get to Greenwich. Excellent museum close to the National Observatory grounds. the entire area is a park-like atmosphere.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This huge museum, dedicated to the naval and maritime history of the United Kingdom, is the world’s largest museum of its kind with ten galleries and an interesting collection of maps, artworks, artefacts and memorabilia. It is worth the visit, with many interesting things to see and stories to learn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am not particularly into ships and maritime history and remember coming here last around 25 years ago. My impression of it was rather dry and dusty and not very interesting. I came here with friends and it has changed beyond all recognition. There is a whole new modern wing plus they have enclosed the inner courtyard under glass a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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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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