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Opening times

The National Maritime MuseumQueen'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.

Easter extended opening hours

During the Easter holidays (Sat 5–Mon 21 April), extended opening hours of 10.00–18.00 will apply to the following areas:

  • Royal Observatory: North site only (Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard), plus Planetarium late show at 17.00. Last admissions 17.30.
  • Cutty Sark (except on 2 and 8 April when the ship is booked for an event); last admissions 17.00
  • National Maritime Museum: Sammy Ofer Wing and ground floor Maritime galleries, including Turner and the Sea, Museum Café and Shop (except 15 April when the Museum will close at 17.00). Thursday late closing (below) continues as usual throughout the holiday period. On 18–21 April, Turner and the Sea will stay open until 19.00.

All other Museum areas will close at 17.00 as normal.
The Caird Library will be closed 18-21 April.

Thursday late closing

The Sammy Ofer Wing and ground floor galleries of the National Maritime Museum (including Special Exhibitions gallery, Museum Café and Shop) stay open late till 20.00 every Thursday. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Admission costs

Free entry for MembersAdmission 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):


The Planetarium is closed for maintenance on the first Tuesday of every month (except August and during Easter holidays).

See Planetarium shows page for full information about shows and times. All planetarium shows are FREE to Members.

Closures and site works

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum will close on Tuesday 15 April at 17.00.

Over Easter, the Caird Library will be closed to visitors from 19.45 on Thursday 17 April until 10.00 on Tuesday 22 April 2014. Our remote reprographics and enquiries services will also be suspended between these dates.

The Group Space (located on the ground floor) will be only be available as a public picnic area on 9 May between 11.30 and 14.30.

Closure of Ship of War gallery from 4 May

The Museum would like to announce that after 25 years of magnificent service our Ship of War gallery, displaying ship models from the period 1650–1815, will close to the public on Sunday 4 May. The story of warships that it has so successfully told will not, however, be coming to an end. We are delighted to say that a new display Forgotten Fighters will open there in August 2014. Created to mark the centenary of the First World War, it will this time be led by a range of extraordinary models from the early 20th century. Many have never been shown before, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to reveal unfamiliar riches from our collections. Visitors wishing to see more of our ship models can now also visit our purpose-built ship model study centre at No. 1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Temporary relocations of Harrison's Timekeepers

Harrison’s H1 timekeeper has been moved to the Time for the Navy gallery. Timekeepers H2 and H3 have now been installed in the New Acquisitions case in the National Maritime Museum shop. H4 will follow on 6 May but in the meantime is temporarily off display.

Temporary closure of Astronomy Inspires and Astronomy Questions galleries

Astronomy Inspires is closed for building maintenance, and Astronomy Questions for audio-visual work. The galleries are located at the Astronomy Centre.

Queen's House

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
22 May 2014 Closed for day The Queen's House

Travel and transport

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.