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Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition

In a world first, a major new exhibition Death in the Ice: The Shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition comes to the UK for the first time in July 2017. The exhibition explores the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that still remains unsolved today. Europeans last saw Sir John Franklin and his 128-man crew in Baffin Bay in July 1845, as HMS Erebus and Terror sailed to find the North-West Passage. This was the biggest expedition that Britain had ever sent to the Arctic region. Two years later, nothing more had been heard from the men and the Admiralty launched a series of expeditions in an attempt to find them.  Over the course of the next 30 years, news filtered back to Britain of the deaths of the entire crew through a combination of scurvy and starvation, and speculation of cannibalism and potential madness. And all the while Erebus, Terror, Franklin and most of his crew were still nowhere to be found.


Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity

Emma Hamilton was one of the most famous international celebrities of her time and her life is the ultimate costume drama. Now largely remembered as the woman who captured the heart of the nation’s hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Emma was an extraordinary woman in her own right. Find out all in our dazzling new exhibition and events season. #EmmaHamilton


Exhibitions and events at the Queen's House

Explore great art, groundbreaking architecture and royal history in the magnificent surroundings of the 17th-century Queen's House. Enjoy events inspired by our beautiful 'house of delight', as Inigo Jones's architectural masterpiece opens its doors again.


LGBT History Month 2017

February is LGBT History Month - a time when across the country we celebrate and reflect on LGBTQ+ lives throughout history. Importantly 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality.  To mark this Royal Museums Greenwich will be running a season of events, activities, workshops and talks throughout February. Join us for an evening of speakers talking about gender in the armed forces, a family festival, arts and crafts workshops and much more!

Venue hire

Royal Museums Greenwich comprises 5 incredible historic venues available for private hire: the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark.

See art by Great Masters alongside modern masterpieces

Royal Museums Greenwich holds one of the most significant art collections in the country and it is crucial to telling the Museum’s stories. From works by Great Masters such as Gainsborough, Turner, Hogarth, Holbein and the van de Veldes to stunning contemporary pieces such as Yinka Shonibare's Ship in a Bottle.

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Seek out some hidden treasures on your visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House. As well as all our top attractions, dig a little deeper and you'll find there are some lesser known gems to enjoy during your visit. Try our Top Treasure trails for ideas of unusual things to see and do and themed adventures.

Cutty Sark experience

Discover what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich.


Explore the galleries on these primary and secondary school trails.