National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
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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  • Ted S
    San Rafael, California109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool if you’re into maritime history
    Totally incredible if you’re a fan of English maritime history or historical fiction. The museum may be a bit cerebral for younger visitors but having read through the Patrick O’Brian and C. S. Forester novels over and over I was enraptured. The artifacts here are probably only to be found here. You can see letters written by Nelson before and after his loss of an arm. They have the uniform Nelson was shot in plus other period uniforms. There are thoughtful exhibitions on polar explorers, the East India Company, marine London, World War I British shipping, and early pacific navigation. Very cool if this is your thing.
    Hi Ted We're absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum so much. You have clearly made the most of your visit and discovered some of our best treasures on display - seeing Nelson's uniform in person is an experience that cannot be adequately described using mere words. We hope to welcome you back again in future - make sure you take advantage of our free audio tour on the Smartify app in the meantime, as it has lots of interesting information about some of our most intriguing collection items.
    Written June 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Peťa P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tim's talk
    We enjoyed Tim's talk at the gallery sea things. It was very interesting talk, or more correctly 3 short stories. We learned a lot and Tim was very enthusiastic host, he knew what he was talking about and it showed that he was well prepared.
    Hi Peta Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review - and such a lovely one at that! Tim will be delighted that you enjoyed his Gallery Favourite talk in our Sea Things gallery and we will share your feedback with him. We hope to see you back at the museum again very soon. We have a varied programme of daily talks so please do check out what's on during your next visit.
    Written June 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Pmh6465
    Chicago, Illinois51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour at bargin rate
    We did the 1 hour tour of the museum with Simon who works for the museum. The cost of the tour was 3.50 GBP. This is a wonderful museum that is on multiple floors and there are no paper maps available. Simons tour was outstanding in all ways. He is very knowledgeable and clearly spoken about aspects of the museum’s exhibits. He hits the highlights in each area we visited and got us well oriented to the layout of the museum and what we wanted to go back and look at in more detail. This tour cost is a rare bargin these days. Highly recommend Simons tour.
    Hi Pmh6465 We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Musuem. Simon will be very pleased to know that you enjoyed his Treasures Tour and we will share your review with him, as it's wonderful feedback like yours that makes our team's work so rewarding. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback - and for recommending our Treasures Tours to others - and we look forward to seeing you at the museum again very soon.
    Written June 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Benjamin B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour!!
    A fantastic, hour-long tour of the museum with our guide Simon. This was a truly thoughtful and vibrant representation of the people and stories that make up the history so well curated within these walls. I could not have wished for a more intriguing and enjoyable way to experience the National Maritime Museum. Thank you Simon!
    Hi Benjamin We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum so much. Simon is a wonderful tour guide and our Treasures Tour really does bring out the best in our collections and displays. We will pass on your lovely feedback to Simon and hope to welcome you back to the museum again very soon. Please do check out our free audio tour on Smartify, and perhaps next time you visit take advantage of our free daily programme of "Gallery Favourite" talks which bring out some of the lesser-known stories from our galleries. Thank you for leaving a review and we look forward to seeing you again.
    Written June 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Umashankar D
    Singapore, Singapore98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see attraction for history enthusiasts
    A must-see for every history enthusiast. Would strongly recommend a guided tour (GBP 3.5, about 45 mins), available at the help desk. My guide, Suzy, was a knowledgeable and entertaining company. Suzy judging my interest, showed us a few additional pieces, over and above the tour.
    Hi Umashankar Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review of your visit to the National Maritime Museum. It's always nice to hear from visitors who have enjoyed themselves and we're so pleased that you found Suzy such a knowledgeable tour guide. Our Treasures Tours are becoming exceptionally popular and the team that delivers them love hearing feedback from our visitors, so I will pass your comments on to Suzy and the rest of the team. Do check out our free audio guide tour on Smartify as this has a range of content that isn't covered in the Treasures Tour and I am sure will also be of interest. We hope to welcome you back again in future - thank you again for your lovely feedback.
    Written June 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Museum
    The Royal Maritime Museum is definitely worth a visit. It houses many historical artifacts, including the uniform of Admiral Nelson. There is also and impressive fleet of ship models, figureheads, weapons and uniforms.
    Hi Laura Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum and hope to welcome you back again very soon - our galleries all have object rotations planned over the coming months so there will be new things to see every time you visit.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Giorgio B
    Lund, Sweden958 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Setting examples
    Just for its location, so close to other significant sights as the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, and the Greenwich neighbourhood in general, this museum would be blessed enough, but the curators have done a majestic job of housing exhibits and shows in a modern and attractive way in this superb old palace. It was a joy just to see so many children and young people use this structure. Entrance is free. To me, it is an example of what historical dissemination should mean.
    Hi Giorgio We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum (and our other sites) so much. If you are interested in learning even more about our collections and displays we strongly recommend all visitors check out our free audio tours for the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark on Smartify, as they are not to be missed! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back again in future. Enjoy your summer!
    Written July 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Mike B
    Ashford, United Kingdom860 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I Love This Place
    I’m so grateful to be living on the outside of London and having access to our London museums. I’ve been to the NMM about 14 months ago and I really loved it. I cycle in the 25 miles from Surrey, so I didn’t really have the time to see all that I needed to. Even after yesterdays visit I’ll still need to go back again. There is just so much of interest to see and I haven’t even stepped foot in the Queen’s House yet. It’s all free and it’s perfect. Thank you, all the team at the NMM.
    Hi Mike Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we're pleased you were able to find the energy to do so after all that cycling! Our team will be delighted to hear about how much you enjoy your visits to the National Maritime Museum, and will look forward to seeing you again for future visits. A visit tp the Queen's House is definitely worth your time, especially with its current Van de Veldes exhibition, so make sure you catch that this year. Next time you're at the Maritime Museum do check out our programme of talks and tours - we have daily Treasures Tours at 12:00 and 14:00 (£3.50 charge) as well as Gallery Favourite talks at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 (free to attend). These talks and tours bring out the very best of our collections and displays and are a highlight of any visit to our museum. We also have a free audio tour available via Smartify, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world and contains interesting stories and anecdotes that cannot be found during a visit to the museum. We look forward to seeing you again very soon - thank you again for sharing your experience with us.
    Written July 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Manada64
    Exeter, United Kingdom121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum well worth a visit
    I wasn’t that keen on visiting this museum but my husband wanted to and I’m glad we made the effort. Fascinating history, some wonderful exhibits and very informative afternoon out. We combined it with a walk up the hill to the observatory which was well worth the climb.
    Hi Manada64 Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're delighted that your husband has such excellent taste in museums and that you had such a good time at the National Maritime Museum. The walk to the Royal Observatory is always worth the effort! You may already be Members, but if not, do consider signing up for an RMG Membership - in addition to free entry to all of our paid sites and exhibitions, we offer discounts in our shops and cafes as well as special 'Members-only' events. We hope to be able to welcome you back at the museum again very soon - we hope you enjoy your summer.
    Written July 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • GoingGuide
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,914 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Splendid experience
    Excellent place to stop for a few hours and admire the historical features and exhibits. A well presented and easy to follow layout suitable for all ages. Extra presentations of guest pieces are also available to browse for an extra cost, but the main parts are for free, though a donation is welcome. A pleasant cafe area is alis available, though the grounds are ideal for a picnic. Parking available though the earlier you arrive the more likely you are of getting a place.
    Hi GoingGuide We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum and that you partook of so many different elements of a visit to our site. As you say, it really is very easy to spend the majority of the day browsing our galleries and listening to our wonderful team's programme of talks and tours - thank you for sharing your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back again very soon.
    Written July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
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Zelda F
London, UK74 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Bought timed tickets online in advance for the Moon exhibition in advance, only to be told when we arrived just ahead of our spot that there was one queue for everyone. Queue took about 30 minutes, which kind of defeated the object of us buying tickets in advance to suit our schedule. Unsure why they don’t do what every other museum with timed tickets does and have a queue for time slots and one for general entry. Meant that we had very little time to get around and were rushed, despite having booked an allotted slot which would have given us plenty of time. Super annoying!
Written January 4, 2020
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rdmjr
Pinehurst, NC167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Britain is a seafaring nation with an immense naval history. It seemed to me that the museum focused on a limited number of people and battles, and was organized into geographical sections instead of chronological history which, for me, would have been more helpful. It is free, small donation recommended. Kid friendly. Close to Greenwich observatory and a beautiful park. Can get there via subway (about 45 minutes via Cutty Sark station) or by ferry boat from downtown, each way cost us around $11.
Written February 23, 2020
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mogstown
Bournemouth, UK32 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. We took the Clipper boat to Greenwich from Embankment & then walked up the 5 mins from the pier to the museum.

I had booked ahead for entry tickets but plenty available as I booked on the morning of the visit. I also booked a session in ‘Ahoy’ for £3 for our 5 year old (45 mins). One parent went into Ahoy with our 5 year old & one parent had a look round the museum with our 10 year old. Ahoy was rated well by our youngest. For our oldest, it was a shame (but completely understandable) that the hands on exhibits are not currently available. This probably did impact on this particular age group, but we did still enjoy having a good look round.

We also visited the lovely cafe which was clean & bright. Very good toilets - clean & well stocked.

The museum was very quiet even though it is the school holidays. This made for a very relaxing visit & we’d come again in the future.
Written August 7, 2021
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Martin London
London, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
It was great to have a return visit to the musuem after being shut indoors for some 16 months and especially to see the brilliant new exhibition 'Tudors to Windsors'.

At £10 it is great value and is superbly and spaciously laid out so we can wander through more than 500 years of history. It would be especially good to take children and students to as it brings the story of the monarchy to life.

Many thanks to all those who made it happen.
Written June 3, 2021
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Trevor R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My visit was beyond belief I am disabled and the car park was as close as you could get. rom the moment of arrival the staff went well beyond the call of duty, no request for help from me was unattended to even pushing me along a gravel path to another building in a wheel chair. The staff were more than helpful in description of items on display and one guide even took us in to see a painting which was in a room not yet open to the public (THANK YOU) I hope he does not get in to trouble. The museum arer lucky to have such generous staff.
Written October 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and your feedback will be passed on to our operational teams, who will be pleased to hear they made such a positive impact on your experience. We hope to welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich again soon!
Written October 23, 2020
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sanar
London, UK23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Nowhere on the booking or on the website does it say that the tickets for Ahoy are valid only for that session, and that each session lasts 45 mins only so you need to arrive on time. We arrived half an hour late to our ticketed Ahoy entry time, as we were having lunch in the museum cafe and taking photos. By the time we arrived we were informed there was only a few mins left before they have to clean the area, luckily they let us transfer to the next timed slot but that was down to one helpful staff member. There were also a few children turned away for not having tickets and they were understandably disappointed. There is not much there in the play area so i don’t understand why it was ticketed in the first place; the children’s gallery was far busier. No need to turn children away and break their little hearts. Also £3 entry for the play area is not really worth it, toys were heavily used and not much to do. spending 45 mins there was a stretch. However i would pay to enter the museum itself as it was well kept, and there was a lot to see. Why not just charge everyone £1 for entry to the museum, and not ticket the children’s play area? If it’s about numbers, just have a 1 in, 1 out policy and let all kids under the age of 8 in.
Written January 4, 2022
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Marks Travellin... P
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I have lived by this museum all my life, and although I have visited many times, this year I took out a membership for the first time. It’s a fascinating place, the story of both maritime developments from the first seafarers to the container ships and polar exploration is told in a concise and accessible way. The exhibits are not too crowded with enough information, and the linking between exhibits is nicely done.
There is plenty of interaction with moving displays and clever use of overhead projection, with buttons and menus to take you to new places and stories.
It’s well worth he visit, go more than once to take it all in.
Meander, muse and wander, I know I will visit again, and so should you.
Written June 17, 2021
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David S
Leigh, UK35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We visited the Museum today and was greeted by a woman who seemed to struggle in putting together a cohesive sentence. On entry, we informed her that we had the London Pass. She instructed us to go back outside and scan the QR code. We did this and went back inside. She then asked had we got tickets. We explained again that is what we were after and if they weren't covered by the London Pass, we would be happy to pay. Her response didn't make any sense to either of us apart from her saying go inside, which we did. We started to queue at the desk hoping to get some sense from someone there. As we waited, the man who had been standing with the woman who originally greeted us, came over and told us just to walk around the ground floor of the Museum. It was only when we later spoke to a different member of staff that the situation became clear in that we had to pre-book tickets. Surely, the Museum could have people on the door who can explain this in simple terms 🤔
Written July 7, 2021
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Sarah E
170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
My husband, six year old and I decided to pop here on a rainy day for something a bit different and weren’t disappointed. The building itself is stunning, inside it is well lit, modern and incredibly clean. They have divided the exhibits up brilliantly into separate rooms so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items and some of my favourite bits were the paintings. The Turner was astoundingly well presented and really breathtaking.

Upstairs is a nice and reasonably priced cafe where we had coffee, ice cream and our packed lunch and in between our child ran about with other children on the gigantic floor map of the world.

For children there’s lots to do interspersed with more adult information such as sailing your own virtual ship, shooting cannons and sinking ships and our favourite, the morse code.

We paid £10 for the parking which is right by the building and would do so again as it was a bargain! Had it been nicer weather we would have strolled around the grounds and crossed the road to the Thames but it gives us a reason to go back!

Thank you.
Written August 8, 2021
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Julie Q
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I really enjoyed spending time in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The location is very convenient and its an easy spot to explore. There were a lot of families with young children but the galleries were quiet and there was plenty to see and do. The miniatures are some of my favorites. The cafe was okay, nothing terribly special but the shops were a nice place to pick up a few trinkets. I'd definitely recommend a visit to the museum.
Written January 23, 2020
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