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National Maritime Museum

#162 of 1,611 things to do in London
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Greenwich
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Day out in Greenwich

We spent a very pleasant afternoon in Greenwich at the end of a post-Easter break. Having not visited since childhood & my wife and daughter never having visited before, we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a very pleasant afternoon in Greenwich at the end of a post-Easter break. Having not visited since childhood & my wife and daughter never having visited before, we decided to wander around the National Maritime Museum. The museum is free and contains a great many exhibits from various times of British naval history. It contains a lot of... More 

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the National Maritime Museum again while in Greenwich. The architecture is amazing and the grounds are beautifully maintained. Entrance is still free and if you wish, you can give a small donation towards the museum’s upkeep. The exhibits are really interesting and educational and some of the scale models of the ships are fascinating. The highlight for me... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely afternoon here, took the ferry from Embankment Pier and saw the world famous bridges on the way. The museum is free, spacious, great outside area of picnics. They could do better with the exhibits, however as it costs you nothing to visit, it's hard to criticise You probably need four hours to do it justice, we had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Not a must, but indeed is actually a nice place to visit. There is not loads of things to see as other big museums so you can do it quite quickly. Well informative and for free, if you have time, why not?

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Thank diborgo
Minehead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum because my great uncle died when HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sunk in June 1916. We found no reference to HMS Hampshire anywhere in the museum. The Battle of Jutland exhibition was interesting but not as detailed as the one we attended at Portsmouth Navy base last year. We tried to watch the film in... More 

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an incredible collection of items-- Prince Fredericks barge, Nelson's death uniform, Earl Jellicoe's uniform, but the layout is confusing and different areas poorly labeled. The stairwells seem to take you to dead ends more often than not. And, it's free! Go if you have the time but London's city museum is so much better. The café also needs... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poor. Tables dirty as was floor. There was a male clearing tables between texting. The management could issue him with cleaning materials to wipe tables, train and monitor. Arrived at 15:30, closing at 16:30. Upon entering we were greeted by hessian bags cascading over a refrigerated unit (£1 limited time promotion). The unit itself obscured a coloured decorative panel themed,... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately our group had only 45 minutes here, and so we saw what we could, but I wish we had more time. The kids enjoyed the boat simulation in the kids' area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum with some great exhibits. Best with children though. This is not your standard dry and old fashioned museum. It's modern and interactive for children.

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Thank Jan v
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The buildings are really impressive, clean, spacious and well maintained. We started with coffee and walnut cake with coffee £9.50 for two people ( nice cake and a reasonable price). The Battle of Jutland exhibition was really absorbing, the talk on the battle of Trafalgar less clear and the computer simulation didn't work properly. The East Indian trade gallery was... More 

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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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