The National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark are normally open 10.00–17.00 seven days a week. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing (1 hour for Cutty Sark). The Caird Library is closed on bank holidays. Any additional closures or changes to times will be posted on this page. See also times and admissions.
Thursday late closing
The Sammy Ofer Wing and ground floor galleries of the National Maritime Museum stay open late till 20.00 every Thursday. This includes the Shop, the Museum Café and outside terrace area, the Special Exhibitions gallery, Voyagers gallery and Compass Lounge, the Neptune Court 'streets' and the Explorers and Maritime London galleries. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Admission is FREE to the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House and the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory. Charges apply for Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard (FREE for Members):
- See times and admission for a full breakdown of the charges
- Find out about becoming a Member (free entry to Flamsteed House / Meridian and to planetarium shows, plus discounts in our shops and cafés)
- Pre-booked school groups as part of the formal learning programme go free.
The Planetarium will be closed for maintenance on the first Tuesday of every month (except August and during Easter holidays).
National Maritime Museum
No planned closures or works at present.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory closures, 17–30 March:
The Time and Longitude gallery will be closed in preparation for our exciting upcoming exhibition Longitude Punk'd. Harrison’s H1 timekeeper will be moved to the Time for the Navy gallery. Timekeepers H2-4 will be installed in the New Acquisitions case in the National Maritime Museum shop (H2 on 25 March, H3 and H4 on 26 March).
Time and Greenwich gallery: entry and exit will be via the exit into the Meridian Garden.
Royal Observatory closures, 1–10 April:
Time and Longitude remains closed. There will be a temporary wooden corridor along the side of this gallery to enable visitors to pass from the Octagon Room to the Time and Greenwich gallery. Exit from the Astronomers' apartments and Octagon Room will be through Time and Greenwich via this temporary corridor (see floor plans).
NB this corridor will be closed on Thurs 3 April and Weds 9 April, and also between 10.00–14.00 on Thurs 10 April. On these days, exit from the Astronomers' apartments and Octagon Room will be via the fire exit at the foot of the Octagon Room stairs. Entry and exit for Time and Greenwich will be via the exit into the Meridian Garden.
The laser marking the Meridian line from the Royal Observatory has been temporarily discontinued due to maintenance issues.
Relocation of The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 by J. M. W. Turner
Turner's painting, The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, has been removed from display in the Queen's House, for inclusion in the new exhibition at the Museum, Turner and the Sea (22 November 2013–21 April 2014).
Queen's House closures
NB see floor plans for location of different rooms in the Queen's House.
|24 February–mid-May 2014||Closed for duration||Rooms 5-7, Queen’s House first floor|
The Museum's three sites can all be reached by a number of different forms of transport.
See details of planned works on DLR website for full details of all forthcoming disruptions and alternative transport. The next phase of upgrade work includes construction of the Stratford International extension and may cause disruption to services.
Southeastern trains engineering work
See details of planned engineering work which may affect Southeastern train services.