Compass Lounge

The Compass Lounge

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Partial closure, 2 February–early September 2015: most of the Compass Lounge will be closed, but you can still sit and enjoy free wifi in comfort. The decoupage display 'Mannequin of Maritime Memories' by students from the Royal Hospital School will also still be on view.

Using new technology in a way that is intuitive and easy to understand, the Compass Lounge and Compass Card open up the Museum’s objects and archives and demonstrate the connections between diverse histories and people. 

Location: National Maritime Museum ground floor

Open daily, 10.00–17.00. Admission free.

The Compass Card

The Compass Card reveals the hidden connections between people and the objects in the collection.

Every visitor is given their own Compass Card – the size of a credit card – with a unique barcode. As you move throughout the museum you can collect objects that interest you by inserting the card into dedicated units placed in the galleries. Follow up in the Compass Lounge or at home to reveal hidden stories and archival material:

If you register your card you will be sent a free ebook reflecting the objects collected on your visit.