Want to delve deeper into our collection? From Trafalgar to tea, speed boats to ships in bottles, this tour has it all.
If you're visiting for the day then this trail helps ensure you see some of the key highlights out on display. It features objects from our major galleries, so take your time to explore as you make your way through the National Maritime Museum's greatest treasures.
Start your tour at Nelson's ship
Whip out your camera and grab a selfie at Yinka Shonibare's replica of Nelson's HMS Victory in a bottle - one of the most photographed artworks in London!
A search for speed dominated the 1920s and 1930s.
Find out what made this painting so controversial.
From the heroic to the bizarre (with a few animals thrown in for good measure). A selection of our 230+ strong collection of figureheads.
Escape to the peaceful and beautiful Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass gallery at the National Maritime Museum, which commemorates World War I dead.
Why has this cannonball been lodged in a piece of wood for over 200 years?
Get up close to the actual uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.
This Union Jack flew from the mast of HMS Minotaur at the Battle of Trafalgar.
This unique altar cross acts as a poignant symbol of the First World War.
These binoculars should have been lost when the HMS Invincible was sunk at the Battle of Jutland.
A miniature garden representing the spirit of longevity, perseverance and integrity.
China has a naval tradition that stretches back for more than nine centuries.
By the 1800s tea had already become the nation's favourite drink, but there's a much darker side to the story.
What is an opium pipe doing at the National Maritime Museum and what does it tell us about our attitude to trade?
Look into the eyes of the man who paved the way for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
This carved elephant tusk depicts African life and the arrival of the Europeans.
In 1807, after years of fighting, the abolitionist movement succeeded in outlawing the international slave trade.