We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Turner and the Sea Exhibition”

National Maritime Museum
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
National Maritime Museum Small Group Tour in...
Ranked #272 of 1,827 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a very good exhibition of Turners work together with paintings from other artists who inspired Turner and is well worth a visit. It is has been on from 22 November 2013 and will finish 21 April 2014. There is an entrance fee for the exhibition, but you can also visit the museum as well. Greenwich is a very pleasant place to visit at any time of the year.

Thank Rosa B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,628)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"cutty sark"
in 136 reviews
"royal observatory"
in 95 reviews
"east india company"
in 42 reviews
"greenwich park"
in 67 reviews
"slave trade"
in 31 reviews
"world map"
in 23 reviews
"admiral nelson"
in 24 reviews
"model ships"
in 15 reviews
"queens house"
in 27 reviews
"on display"
in 60 reviews
"special exhibition"
in 26 reviews
"naval college"
in 15 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 28 reviews
"free entry"
in 43 reviews
"painted hall"
in 15 reviews
"british history"
in 18 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 28 reviews

1,098 - 1,102 of 1,628 reviews

Reviewed January 1, 2014

Lovely exhibition, some fascinating exhibits and very good interactive parts, could do with some more people to visit it makes a lovely museum.

Thank JazDisney
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Would be a great visit for a history enthusiast or just someone with a mild interest. Plenty of activities for children to do there, I particularly enjoyed the 'Ship Simulator' myself. Exhibits are informative and interactive.

Thank GracieIsCrazy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 30, 2013

I am someone who has many memories of the Maritime Museum, which I fist visited as a School child. My Friend and I visited as he wished to see the Turner Exhibition.
The Turner exhibition is very good and you have both the pleasure of seeing Turners art, but also how he grew as an artist, as well as pictures from other artists that inspired him. We paid the other £10 to get the big ticket (includes Cutty Sark, Observatory and St Ann;s House) otherwise £12 might seem a little bit pricy for this exhibition.
The rest of the museum is a mixture of Maritime themes, with my favourite being the Royal Navy exhibition. I find having not only the story of Nelsons life (set amongst other naval events) but also his clothes he died in and his pony tail very moving and brings the story to life.
I see a comment that this is mainly for children, but do not agree! There are clearly things for children to do, but there are some exhibitions that are really adult orientated and think children would be bored in them.
The Museum attempts to tell many aspects of the sea with limited space, but manage to cover slavery, the East India company, as well as a Ships Bridge Simulator. There are three Victoria Crosses on display in one cabinet, but you could easily miss them, which seems such a shame.
Worth a visit as most of it is free!

Thank Steve J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Museum is an integral part of the British maritime experience, together with the Greenwich Observatory, The Cutty Sark and Regents house, etc. We went specifically to see "Turner and the Sea" ( a fee paying special exhibition- normal admission remarkably is free) which was expertly curated with a solid core of Turner's work over his lifetime, and supported with a smattering of other artist's work influential and relevent to his development. The theme based organisation of the general museum has been critisized but given the shear size and complexity of this really quite vast undertaking, which even on a casual basis would take more than a day to view, is probably the best format for a generall audience. The gounds and surroundings of this Greenwich institution are(on a summers day) well worth a visit in their own right typifying the enormous power and reach of imperial Brittain's Maritime strength at it's height. On a practical level it is best to travel by pulic transport to the area as car parking is limited , remote and difficult -pay and display parks only take coins and are expensive.

Thank intervale
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Maritime Museum also viewed


Been to National Maritime Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing