Journey across the Great Map

Ahoy closure

Bringing the kids? As we build our exciting new Exploration Wing, the Ahoy! children’s gallery may close at short notice daily, before shutting from 18 April to 27 June. Our popular kids' attraction the Great Map remains open throughout, and there's lots for kids to see and do at Cutty Sark

Essential information

Opening times: 
10am–5pm daily
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum, First floor, The Great Map

Discover the  Great Map at the centre of the National Maritime Museum, a giant atlas from which you can explore the world and our collections, join in with events and play interactive games - no matter what age you are. And it's all free!

  • Pick a card and explore the world as a submarine or build bridges across continents!
  • Walk across the map’s surface and use a touch-screen tablet to uncover stories of female pirates, Scott’s Antarctic expedition and many more.
  • Understand from live data the currents and winds that drive vessels and people across the world’s oceans and seas.
  • Become the Great Map’s Greatest Explorer. Take one of our tablets, name your ship and set sale for distant lands.

Take a breather

Good news for weary parnets - the Great Map is located next to the Neptune cafe where there's ample space for buggy parking, so take a pew and enjoy a cappuccino while the little ones explore.

Entry to The Great Map and access to all our interactive games is free.