International activities

The National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark are home to collections and stories that are relevant to audiences across the globe.

Much of the work undertaken by the Museum involves overseas partnerships, skills sharing, research, exchanges and loans, in which it enjoys foreign support both financial and non-financial. It also has a well-established worldwide audience at Greenwich: in 2011–12, 57% of total visits were by overseas visitors, with 43.4% of visits to its website made from outside the UK. We are keen to extend this audience and place continuing international activities at the forefront of what we do. 

What's new

Don’t miss Turner and the Sea, our latest special exhibition now showing at the National Maritime Museum. After closing at Greenwich the exhibition will tour to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, USA, opening on 31 May 2014.

In February we were delighted to welcome Prof Dr Hans- Martin Hinz, President of ICOM (International Council of Museums) to Greenwich. Dr Hinz was accompanied by Dr Carol Scott, Chair ICOM-UK. The guests toured the galleries and viewed the current special exhibition, Turner and the Sea. ICOM is a unique network of more than 30,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community.

Other notable visits to Greenwich in recent months have included...

In September 2013 Nian Jiye, Director of the new China Maritime Museum, Shanghai visited all four Royal Museums Greenwich sites, with colleagues. Discussions during the day touched on international loans, touring exhibitions and conservation practices.

In December 2013 Lieutenant Michel Laguerre Kleimann from the Peruvian Navy visited Royal Museums Greenwich. Lieutenant Kleimann was on a wider UK visit to learn about curatorial research and research programmes. He met a number of senior RMG staff and viewed the Observatory, Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark.

Find out more

Find out more about our international activities via the links below:

Detailed activities

Detail from ‘The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day, looking towards the City and St Paul’s Cathedral’, before 1752, Canaletto, The Lobkowicz Collections, Czech Republic
Loans of international significance and overseas venues where can you can see more of our collections…
Solar Stormwatch
Global partners in digital media…
Details of past and forthcoming collaborative research projects and conferences…
RMG images
How our worldwide network of partners can help you access the Museum's Picture Library…
Guests at the unveiling of the Yuri Gagarin statue
The unveiling of the Yuri Gagarin statue at the Royal Observatory was made possible through the support of international partners.
Battle of Trafalgar, Joseph Mallord William Turner. 1805
Touring exhibitions and shows