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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.

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.

Summer opening hours, 25 July–31 August

Summer late opening applies from Friday 25 July to Sunday 31 August inclusive. The following areas will stay open until 18.00 daily:

  • National Maritime Museum: ground floor and Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition (Thursday late opening until 20.00 still applies)
  • Royal Observatory: Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, including Longitude Punk'd exhibition (last entry 17.30) – except Thursday 21 August, when the Royal Observatory will close at 17.00.
  • Cutty Sark (last entry 17.00) – except Saturday 23 August, when the ship will close at 17.00 (last entry 16.00).

All other areas close at 17.00 as normal.

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):


There will be no 16.15 planetarium show on Thursday 28 August. 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

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Harrison's timekeepers on display at the National Maritime Museum

See all five of Harrison's celebrated timekeepers together in our major new exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars – now open at the National Maritime Museum.

Time & Longitude becomes Punk'd

The Time & Longitude gallery is currently being used as part of the Longitude Punk'd exhibition, open until 4 January 2015. Longitude Punk'd is an exclusive exhibition of specially-created steampunk inventions, exuberantly blurring the boundaries between art and science, fact and fiction. Don't miss this chance to see something completely unique, never tried before and in the last place you would expect to see it.

National Maritime Museum

Ship of War gallery becomes Forgotten Fighters

Our Ship of War gallery, displaying ship models from the period 1650–1815, has now closed to the public, and new display Forgotten Fighters has now opened in the same space. Created to mark the centenary of the First World War, Forgotten Fighters is led by a range of extraordinary ship models from the early 20th century, many of which have never been shown before.

Visitors wishing to see more of our models can now also visit our purpose-built ship model study centre at No. 1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Queen's House

The Queen's House lift will be closed for refurbishment from 17 November to 19 December 2014.

See floor plans for location of different rooms in the Queen's House.

DatesTimesAreas closed
3 SeptemberCloses at 12.00The Orangery and South Parlours
11 SeptemberClosed until 13.30The Orangery
13 SeptemberCloses at 13.00The Queen's House
16-17 SeptemberClosed for durationThe Orangery
18 SeptemberCloses at 16.00The Queen's House
25 SeptemberClosed 11.00-16.00The Orangery and South Parlours

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.