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Franklin: Death in the ice exhibition

Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story Of Franklin’s Final Expedition explores the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that remains unsolved today.  


Tall Ships Regatta- April 2017

Following the success of the Tall Ships Regatta 2014, the Royal Borough of Greenwich welcomes back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames this Easter. Combine your visit to these beautiful ships with a visit to London's very own Tall Ship, Cutty Sark situated in the heart of Maritime Greenwich. 

National Maritime Museum

Come to the National Maritime Museum on your day out in Greenwich and explore life on the sea. Encounter dramatic stories through our collections, from the Battle of Trafalgar and First World War sea battles to Turner’s sea-inspired artwork and feats of engineering and discovery.

Research guides

Search the range of research guides produced by the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum to help you carry out your own research on a wide range of topics. The guides provide information about the Museum's collections and also signpost to other sources for research into maritime history. 

Museum blog

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

Family history research

Find out about your family history at sea using resources available in the National Maritime Museum's Library and Archive. 

Research guide A2: Principal records for maritime research at the National Maritime Museum

This research guide is a brief introduction to the main records held by the National Maritime Museum, which has the most comprehensive maritime library in the world. It contains over 100,000 printed books dating from 1474 to the present day, 20,000 pamphlets, 4500 periodicals, 500 current maritime/naval history titles, specialist journals, microforms and a selection of CD-ROMS.