Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

7 June 2017

Going to sea is a dangerous business. Ahead of our major new exhibition, Death in the ice: the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition, we're looking at some of the more gruesome tales that can be found in the exhibition and in our archive.

1 June 2017

We delve into the Archives to look at material from the doomed Arctic Expedition led by John Franklin and ask, what really happened to Franklin and his men...

31 May 2017
This month, have a look for the stars of the Summer Triangle : Vega, Deneb and Altair. (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK.)  
30 May 2017

Every month, Documentations Officer Claire Denham takes us behind the scenes at Cutty Sark, to give us an insight into the important daily research, documentation and maintenance work that keeps Cutty Sark preserved for many future generations to come.

26 May 2017

What exactly happened in the past when someone died during a voyage and was buried at sea? 

25 May 2017
The Dunkirk Evacuation, also known as the Dunkirk Miracle, is one of the most dramatic events of the Second World War. In the face of overwhelming German advance, between 26...
19 May 2017

Cutty Sark’s working life was rarely without incident. Carrying cargoes – from tea to toys – all over the world, she often enjoyed newspaper reports, noting her successes. But ten years ago, she hit the headlines once more for a far more devastating reason. 

18 May 2017

You would not think there was time for many enjoyments on board one of the fastest ships in the world. However, Captain Richard Woodget (Cutty Sark's master 1885-1895) had some rather unusual pastimes. 

17 May 2017

May 18th is International Museum Day, and this year the theme is Contested Histories. As part of the development of the new Tudor & Stuart Seafarers gallery (opening 2018 in the Exploration Wing), the National Maritime Museum is exploring multiple perspectives on the early history of North America. James Davey and Laura Humphreys explain the process behind incorporating Indigenous American voices into the gallery. 

11 May 2017

Curator Pieter van der Merwe explores the Cornish credentials of Admiral William Bligh, best known as commander of the Bounty when part of its crew mutinied in the Pacific in 1789.  

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