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National Maritime Museum
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National Maritime Museum Small Group Tour in Greenwich
Ranked #151 of 1,765 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Excellent museum. Didn't have the time to see everything as I got totally engrossed in the cartography, models and regalia. I think it is the world's largest maritime museum. There is also a multi media exhibit tracing Britain's seaborne life from the 16th century, with sound, video and a 30m wall of objects

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is a full on day starting in Greenwich Park (with The Observatory if desired) then a walk down to The National Maritime Museum. To get the best out of visiting this fine facility ,a little planning is required. Seperate to the main collections there are various individual exhibitions ,currently The Royal River is not to be missed. There is an excellent Cafeteria serving good ,wholesome food and then you may wander along the quay and visit The Cutty Sark.

1  Thank John W
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Reviewed July 15, 2012 via mobile

Went once and dont think I will do it again. Nelson's section was the only one I enjoyed most but other than that, nothing important.

Thank AhmedFadel
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We came to look around the NMM as it was one of the last of the large London museums we had yet to visit.

We arrived with high expectations as the exhibition 'Royal River' had been well reviewed. instead, we thought this was mainly a cobbled-together collection of various bits and pieces, arranged in such a way as to defy a logical and sequential walk around.

It transpired that this was a prelude to the actual museum itself. There were no instructions as to where to enter a room to follow its historical journey, so that we found ourselves walking though the age of exploration beginning at the Shackleton end and winding up with the earliest travellers. Another room led to a collection of ship models, and in another there was a collection illustrating what you would see in the rest of the museum!

I was looking forward to this, and sadly won't be visiting again.

Thank PeterinUK
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

My last visit to the museum was some years ago when it was housed in the old building, since when the museum has been extended and changed into a minimalist display of disjointed exhibits with very poor signage and maps. In contrast to my last trip where I spent a whole afternoon enjoying myself, an hour or two was ample tp take it what there was.
The biggest disappointment were two entire galleries devoted to the awful slave trade and opium wars. Yes, they needed space here, but has the British sense of fair play and political correctness gone too far. Don't get me wrong, what was done in the past to enable Britain to become the great trading power it once was, must be discussed and explained to visitors, but two entire galleries in a rather small museum-come on. I felt that beating ourselves up over our past was at the expense of great British seafarers. For example, there is hardly room for the great James Cook, possibly the greatest navigator the world has seen, nor much of a mention of the great British shipbuilders that made Britain what it is today. I wonder if other national museums play down their relevant country's achievements as much as the NMM does?
On a bright side, it's easy to recover from such a deflating experience by enjoying a very good, albeit pricey, restaurant.

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