National Maritime Museum
London SE10 9NF
TfL Fare Zone 2
The National Maritime Museum (NMM) is one of the four Royal Museums in Greenwich. There are three museums in Greenwich Park – the Old Greenwich Royal Observatory (ROG), The Queen's House and the NMM itself and the famous Cutty Sark Sailing Clipper, Cutty Sark Gardens near Greenwich Pier.
The Museum has over a million exhibits in its collection which it is in the process of digitising. If an exhibit is not on display it can often be accessed through the museum’s online computers.
The NMM and ROG have one of the world’s largest collections of maritime and astronomical artefacts. Of particular interest are the famous Harrison chronometers which helped solve the problem of longitude.
The Nelson Gallery even has the uniform Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). There are also artefacts brought back by Captain James Cook from his voyages between 1768 and 1780, including his original map of Cooktown in Australia.
The Museum’s collections cover everything imaginable to do with world maritime history and discovery. There are over 100,000 maps and charts dating back to the 14th century. Coins and medals with a maritime or Greenwich
association include Roman coins, a beautiful gold Henry VII half-angel and a medal by Michael Mercator showing the track of Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe. The 20th century medals concentrate on the two world wars, including a Victoria Cross.
The Decorative Arts have not been forgotten. The collections include silver, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, textiles and sailor's craftwork mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. They range from presentation pieces to inexpensive souvenirs. There is a beautiful Royal Worcester breakfast service once owned by Admiral Lord Nelson.
The Museum has a wonderful collection of oil paintings, miniatures, watercolours, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures, covering the period 1530-2000. From the 18th century come portraits by Hogarth, Gainsborough and Reynolds and from the 19th century is the famous Turner painting of the Battle of Trafalgar. Many of the 20th century paintings and drawings were done by official war artists and depict the real human suffering that war causes.
Flags, uniforms, relics from polar expeditions (Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition through the North-West passage), model ships, and weaponry form part of other collections.
The items from the collections are displayed intermingled in themed galleries such as All Hands and The Bridge interactive galleries ideal for young visitors; Nelson’s Gallery, Maritime London; Oceans of discovery; Rank and Style; Ship of War 1650-1815; Explorers and many others.
Refreshments are available from the Museum Café, Neptune and Brasserie (open 10:00 – 17:00) For details go to Web: NMM/ Food & Drink
The Galleries are quieter in the afternoon. There is a lot to see so allow plenty of time.
Free admission to the NMM
Special events and exhibitions do have admission charges, however some concessions apply.
Contact & Visitor Information
+44 (0)2088 584 422 or
+44 (0) 2083 126 565 Recorded information
Follow the Tourist Information signs in Cutty Sark Gardens and in Greenwich
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