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
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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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  • 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 Kingdom1,976 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
  • Catherine B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a tour!
    This was a fascinating experience and I feel like I've only skimmed the surface of all the things to discover. The highlight was a tour by Suzy, our hugely knowledgeable guide. She really brought the exhibits to life and made the visit all the more memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend the museum and would definitely suggest tapping into Suzy's treasure trove of stories.
    Hi Catherine Thank you so much for leaving a review of your visit to the National Maritime Museum ,especially so many months after your visit! We're delighted that you enjoyed Suzy's Treasures Tour and that it made such a lasting impression. We hope to welcome you back to the museum this year - perhaps to take in one of our free Gallery Favourite talks - but in the meantime, please do look up our free audio tour on Smartify as this dovetails very nicely with the Treasures Tours we provide. Again, thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Freedom14502754307
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guided tour - Brilliant
    Brilliant introduction to the key exhibits in the museum. 1 hour guided tour was very informative by Susy. She was engaging and very knowledgeable. Great taster and will go back again and spend a lot more time here.
    Hi Freedom It's wonderful to see that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum so much. Our Treasures Tours are a really great way of engaging with our collections and displays and we will pass on your kind comments to Suzy, who will be delighted to know you enjoyed your tour with her. Before your next visit do listen to our free audio tour through Smartify, which syncs very nicely with the Treasures Tour. We hope to welcome you back again very soon - do check out our programme of free "Gallery Favourite" talks when you return as we have a huge range of talks that change on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy your summer and we look forward to your return.
    Written August 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Andrew-UK2014
    Cranleigh, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Great place to visit. Fun for the kids but plenty for the adults as well. The place has changed a lot in recent years so if you have not visited for a few years the. It is well worth another visit. A fun way for the kids to learn.
    Hi Andrew We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum so much - and while we are naturally biased, everything you say is very true! We have an exciting new playground opening later in the year so do keep an eye out for that as it will be worth another visit on its own, never mind all of the other events and activities we have planned for the remainder of 2023. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we look forward to welcoming you back again very soon.
    Written August 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Miriam G
    Milan, Italy2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place for historical research
    I am doing some research about the Golden Age of Piracy and all the maritime background related. The National Maritime Museum is the perfect place for me. The collection is rich, well organized and explained. I had the pleasure to listen to a talk by Giulietta (staff member) about one of the Pacific canoes in the Pacific section of the museum and another one by (couldn't catch his name) about the accusation of treason Francesco Caracciolo in the Admiral Nelson section. I enjoyed very much both of the talks and the staff members are always very nice and a pleasure to talk to. I also will come back to research in the Caird library. Unfortunately yesterday was a bit crowded and couldn't concentrate around some objects in exposition as I wanted to, but I'll be back tomorrow and probably the day after. If I could, I would live here :) unfortunately, I'm afraid I would get arrested if I tried. I bought a lovely book from the shop "Stuart and Tudor Seafarers" with lots of stunning images and paintings from the collection. It was an investment for me but worth it. What can I say, I love it here (a part from the very crowded days!). Thank you for all the work that the director and staff members put in it, and for making it accessible for everyone. I am deeply grateful. See you tomorrow. Miriam
    Hi Miriam Thank you for leaving such a lovely review - our team reported seeing you again on a subsequent day so we are delighted you have enjoyed your visits to the National Maritime Museum so much. We will share your kind words with staff across the museum as all of our efforts across every department are ultimately to ensure the experience of our visitors is as enjoyable as possible. Giulietta's talk is one of our new additions to our talks programme so she will be very pleased to know you enjoyed it - we have already shared your review with Malcolm (who delivered the talk on Francesco Caracciolo) who was also pleased that you loved listening to his amazing tale. Please do check out our free audio tour through Smartify, as it contains lots of additional material that cannot be found through our displays. We hope to welcome you back again (sorry we don't allow sleepovers!) and thank you again for visiting.
    Written August 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Thatguy2000
    Weymouth, Massachusetts55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Museum that Everyone Will Enjoy
    Fantastic take in. Great for kids and/or adults. You can take the kids to the interactive exhibits or dive deep into the history Britain's seafaring heritage. We particularly enjoyed the "Life in Nelson's Navy" tour by Tom.
    Hi Thatguy2000 Thank you for sharing your experience with us - we are thrilled that you had such an wonderful time at the National Maritime Museum. We will pass on your very kind comments to Tom and hope to welcome you back again very soon.
    Written August 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Joanna K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative tour and well spent time
    Highly recommended guided tour with Simon, talking so passionately about the history of discoveries, travels and explorers. Explaining in an approachable and yet detailed manner. Time well spent. I will return. Surely for another tour. Well done, thank you and best of luck to Simon and the Maritime Museum Team! 🍀👍
    Hi Joanna We really appreciate you sharing your feedback with us and will ensure that Simon is made aware of the lovely comments you have left here. The Treasures Tour of the National Maritime Museum is one of the many highlights of a visit to our site and the whole team will be delighted that you enjoyed the tour with Simon. Do check out our free audio guide, available through Smartify, as that links together perfectly with the Treasures Tour content and contains several other very interesting stories as well. Thank you again for taking the time to leave a review and we look forward to welcoming you back again in future.
    Written August 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Roger S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit and a very interesting guided tour
    Although we live in Greenwich and have visited the Museum for some special exhibitions we have never undertaken a more general tour but last Wednesday morning with nothing particular on, due to my recent retirement decided to visit. Our volunteer guide, Richard, was a delight, taking us around a number of the larger exhibits that on previous occasions were not looked at or not fully understood. His knowledge of the exhibits and his great stories on each bought them all to life for the first time.
    Hi Roger We're always pleased to hear about returning visitors - never more so than when they have had yet another fantastic experience! We are, of course, delighted that you continue to find new ways to enjoy your visits to the National Maritime Museum and will pass on your very kind comments to Richard, who will undoubtedly be very pleased with your feedback. We thought you may like some ideas for future visits too! Please allow us to recommend a visit to the next iteration of our Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, which opens in mid-September 2023; we also have an incredible exhibition in our New Insights Gallery, "Our Connection To Water", which runs until late 2023, as well as the display of an original Shakespeare Folio until the third week of September 2023 as part of our "Tempest and the Thames" display in the Maritime London gallery. Hopefully that whets your appetite for another visit very soon - ae look forward to welcoming you again when you do.
    Written August 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jodie F
    London, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Richard (the volunteer) is an awesome tour guide!
    Richard, the volunteer who gave us our tour, was both knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us lots of information about all of the artefacts on the ground floor of the museum and imparted his knowledge with humour and enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed our hour, learning lots along the way. He was engaging for people of all ages, having people in our tour group from young children to pensioners! Thank you Richard for your knowledge and wisdom; a more enthusiastic guide we couldn't wish to meet!
    Hi Jodie We have only just seen your review as it was on another page - else we'd have thanked you much sooner than this for your lovely review. Richard's tours are full of information and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the National Maritime Museum as a consequence. We hope to welcome you back again soon - in the meantime, please do check out our free audio tour (available through Smartify) which provides even more fascinating stories from our collections and displays.
    Written October 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 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, NC166 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK100 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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