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National Maritime Museum

#155 of 1,410 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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Unique Kid Playground + Amazing Hill View

I combined the rating of Maritime Museum + Greenwich Park into one. Maritime Museum has a unique kids playground, and display rich Britain marine history. Since it is far away... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely loads to see and take in. Exhibition was very impressive. Take your time to see everything. Staff were very helpful. Well worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I stopped at this free museum after walking most of Greenwich Park, and were underwhelmed with this museum. They had a lot of great activities and exhibits that children would love, but since we're twenty-somethings who do not yet have children, we spent an hour perusing through the naval art and history exhibits, and I don't think... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When we arrived around (11 am) we saw a big display for 'above and beyond'. A space exhibition sponsored by Boeing. Our 12 years old boy was immediatly enthusiastic. Unlucky for us they booked it full with schools and only had availability more than 3 hours later. So we had to content ourselves with the free exhibition, which was ok.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I combined the rating of Maritime Museum + Greenwich Park into one. Maritime Museum has a unique kids playground, and display rich Britain marine history. Since it is far away from central london, I would give it a 3* rating. However, a visit to this museum cannot be completed without a walk to the Greenwich Park and climbing up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came to the Museum to see a special exhibit devoted to Samuel Pepys, which was very well organized and curated. But my passage through other Museum galleries forced me to realize that I was overlooking a vast array of other galleries that deserved attention as well. The Museum is vast enough that visitors should plan to spend several hours... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If anyone visits here not knowing about Captain cook, Captain Bligh or the Bounty mutiny, they still won't know anything when they leave! How can you have a National Maritime Museum that has nothing on display about these two giants of our maritime history? When l enquired I was told that all the items were kept in storage which seems... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit if you know and interested about the World war and English-French battles. Otherwise please don't bother.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history of Britain is intertwined with the history of the British Navy, and this museum brilliantly sets this out. Two great sections were the Battle of Jutland, and Nelson's Navy. Well worth a prolonged visit,

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were given tickets for a joint walking tour then museum talk. Uselessly, the tickets had 3 different arrival times on them and 2 different meeting locations. When I emailed for help, asking for action that day (as tickets for the day after) an automatic useless response was sent by the museum "here is loads about the museum" (not about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A museum containing several ships and lots of information about maritime activities. The museum is free and has a restaurant and gift shop.

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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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