Closure of Great Equatorial Dome and Time for Navy Gallery

The Great Equatorial Dome and some galleries will be closed between 11:30am and 3.45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 24 August for daytime observation. Join the fun and see Venus in the daytime sky

Join us to explore the universe, astronomy, great art and history. From our annual astronomy courses to our regular maritime history lecture series, get the latest knowledge from experts in the field. 

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

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Event Type: 
Location: 
Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House
Talks & courses

Feed your mind with our great educational events

Family fun, Talks & Courses
Drop in workshops facilated by Observatory Explainers mixing demonstrations with make and do activities.
Times:
Weekends 1 July - 30 September | 12.45-4.15pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Family fun, Talks & Courses
Drop by and chat with our Observatory Explainers who are bringing the history of astronomy to life.
Times:
Weekends 1 July - 30 September | 1.05-4.15pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Mark the uprising in Haiti that lead to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Join us for a powerful day of commemoration through...
Times:
Wednesday 23 August | 11am-5pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
A series of evening lectures and a choral performance at the Queen's House 
Times:
Wednesdays, 6 - 27 Sept | 6.30-8.30pm
Location:
Queen's House
Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
12 September 2017 - 22 May 2018 | Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm | Saturdays 30 September 2017, 10, 24 February, 3, 10, 17 March, 2 June 2018
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
Tuesdays | 12 September 2017 - 8 May 2018 | 6.30pm - 9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
From celestial navigation to time travel - travel the universe at the home of time and space.
Times:
12 September - 17 October | Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Study astronomy topics at foundation degree level, without the costs.
Times:
Tuesdays, 12 September 2017–22 May 2018 | 7–9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Times:
18 September 2017 | 10am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition in this lecture series. 
Times:
21 September 2017 | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition in this lecture series.
Times:
28 September 2017 | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Chart the long history of the Thames through poetry in this one-day short course.
Times:
30 September | 10:30am - 4:30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Season, Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition through the Death in the Ice Maritime Lecture Series. 
Times:
Thursday 5 October 2017 | 11am-12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Times:
Saturday 7 October
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition in this lecture series.  
Times:
12 October 2017 | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Season, Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition through the Death in the Ice Maritime Lecture Series. 
Times:
Thursday 19 October 2017 | 11am-12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Season, Talks & Courses
Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition through the Death in the Ice Maritime Lecture Series.
Times:
Thursday 26 October | 11am-12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Astronomy for absolute beginners lead by an engaging tutor and set at the home of time and space.
Times:
Tuesdays, | 7pm-9pm | See dates below
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Explore topics at the cutting edge of modern astronomical research and the limits of human knowledge.
Times:
Tuesdays, 7–9pm | 2 January – 6 February | 17 April – 22 May
Location:
Royal Observatory