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National Maritime Museum

#157 of 1,596 things to do in London
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 8858 4422
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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Good Museum - could be so much better (Above and Beyond poor)

The National Maritime Museum should be one of the best museums in the world, given Britain's seafaring heritage. Although it is still very much worth a visit, it's disappointing... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2016
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2016

There is so much to say about Britain and the sea. The Royal Navy has always been the Senior Service yet there is very little of substance within this museum. It compares very badly with the RAF museum in the unfashionable London suburb of Colindale. That tells you all could want to know about the airforce and has so many... More 

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Reviewed July 31, 2016

The National Maritime Museum should be one of the best museums in the world, given Britain's seafaring heritage. Although it is still very much worth a visit, it's disappointing that it isn't mind-blowing. There are a few good sections, one for Nelson era Royal Navy etc; there is also a fun area for children. There is a special section called... More 

1 Thank WillyFogger
Didcot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016

Above and Beyond was our first visit to the National Maritime Museum. It will likely be our last. Having seen Above and Beyond advertised heavily on sites like Theme Park Tourist - a site catering for fans of Disney, Universal etc - I had fairly high hopes for the exhibition. It's safe to say these were not met. The exhibition... More 

Thank James P
The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

England has a glorious maritime history, and this is the repository. It's modern and spacious. I've always enjoyed figureheads (the ones on SHIPS!), and enjoyed a nice display of them. There was a gallery of art, including the "Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I" which the museum is raising funds to purchase. Don't miss Admiral Nelson's Trafalgar uniform with bullet... More 

Thank VillageGypsy
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

I have a particular affinity for maritime history. As such, I really enjoy this museum and have visited it in the past. There is no set entry fee to the standard exhibits, just a donation request. This past visit, however, we decided to take in the special Boeing space exhibit, which was a costly mistake. The space exhibit was truly... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Fabulous surprise when you walk in at how much is displayed and how it's all presented. The fact it's free is a bonus. Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy this place. Loved the world globe on the second floor. Had refreshments beside the globe. Lots to do for children.

Woodside, California
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

It was over 20 years since i had been to this museum. The UK has a long and proud maritime history and you would expect that to be reflected here. The whole building had been 'transformed' with a large space on the first floor devoted to a map of the world which had nothing to say and which a friend... More 

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Reviewed July 22, 2016 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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Reviewed July 22, 2016

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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Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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