Astronomy & time galleries

Free entry for MembersThe award-winning Time galleries, featuring John Harrison's celebrated timekeepers, explore our need for accurate timekeeping and the role it plays in our everyday lives. The galleries are located in the north part of the Observatory site, in Flamsteed House, the Meridian Building and the Great Equatorial Building (see floor plans). Please note that charges apply for this part of the site – see Times and admissions for details and to buy your ticket.

Entrance is FREE to the interactive Weller Astronomy galleries, located in the Astronomy Centre in the south part of the Observatory site. Touch a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, watch how the universe was formed, unravel the mysteries of the cosmos with help from our on-screen experts, and guide a space mission.

Flamsteed House from the top of the Queen's House,Greenwich
The original Observatory building designed by Christopher Wren includes the Octagon Room and Astronomers' apartments.
Atmos clock
Find out about the role of timekeeping in our everyday lives.
The Courtyard
The Camera Obscura uses a lens to project a real-time moving panorama of Greenwich inside a darkened room.
Anvilled Stars - mirrored meteor by Matthew Luck Galpin
Artist Matthew Luck Galpin uses his blacksmithing skills to rework meteorites by heating, hammering, grinding and polishing them into...
Astronomy Questions
Watch how the universe was formed, touch a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, guide a space mission and unravel the mysteries of the universe.
Stars to Satellites
This small display explores the history of satellite navigation, from the birth of the idea of artificial satellites in fiction to the...
Telescope F8636 crop
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the telescope, this exhibition explores some aspects of its history.
Lund synchronised clock
Explore the history of the development of accurate timekeeping, including the story of the Greenwich Time Lady.
Harrison's Marine Chronometer (H4)
Find out about two British solutions to the longitude problem, including Harrison's famous chronometers.
Marine chronometer
Come and watch our horology conservators at work and learn about the provision of accurate timekeepers for the Navy.
The Altazimuth Pavilion was built in 1899 to house instruments for measuring the coordinates used to fix the position of a celestial body...