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National Maritime Museum

#164 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
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+44 20 8858 4422
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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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I visited here and was quite impressed with the museum. I thought it would be a little boring but there is a lot to see and take it, probably something of interest for most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited here and was quite impressed with the museum. I thought it would be a little boring but there is a lot to see and take it, probably something of interest for most people. I particularly enjoyed the part of Nelson and Napoleon. Good for families and children also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw the magnificent Emma Hamilton exhibition yesterday. Engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommend it to all

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to cut through here on our way home and immediately made a decision to come back and explore when we had more time! Free to enter, the few exhibits we had time to see were fascinating. As both my friend and I had worked on cruise ships, we have an affinity with all things sea related but i... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent museum, we had a great time learning about the history, it was well laid out and informative with images, videos, statues, etc. The museum was free but a donation is definitely deserved since it was an amazing time. Great for kids and adults alike!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit the National Maritime Museum (NMM) regularly and I am a member, so maybe a little biased. However, I love this place and so do my grandchildren who live near it. I has had a makeover in the last few years and is now light and airy with many interesting galleries, illustrating different aspects of our maritime history. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We learn something new every visit. It'sfree and great for kids and families. Well set out and easy to follow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a family with kids and a bunch items you don't want to carry around, from the open area, go down one floor (there is a large staircase to the right as you enter the open area. Note, it's after the entry area) and for £1 get a large locker (you get the £1 back when you return... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable couple of hours were spent in here with many things to see. I wouldn't say it's a location for younger children but they do a dam fine job of keeping kids entertained while perhaps the parents have a good mooch at some of Britain's historical maritime events in history. Many things to see and some fantastic items on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really decided to discover go on a whim. Actually turned out to be quite good. It has free entry and a lovely little area for kids to discover about ships. The Museum itself is full of paintings and artifacts with a whole range of information. The large space on the first floor which has a map of the world has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Large selection, free entrance, very worthwhile visiting. Will return. Cafe can get full at peak time especially when cold outside.

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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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