Celebrate this May half-term with our exciting sea-themed activities for all ages, or join Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomers for our Think Space Lectures.

A full programme of events for children and family visitors to the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.

For Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark events, please contact the Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office on 020 8312 6789/6545/6790

Exhibitions and Galleries

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted will take audience members on the adventure of a lifetime through the National Maritime Museum’s extraordinary collection of maritime artefacts.

With so much history secured in one museum: so many objects, so many stories, so many doorways to other times and other worlds, who knows who or what will turn up on this exciting journey. Exhilarating, enlightening and perhaps just a tiny bit dangerous, this is a theatrical expedition through the museum, the likes of which have never been seen before.


Bring along your little sailors to our new gallery dedicated to our younger visitors. Board a pirate ship, stoke the fire of a steamship, navigate an ice-breaker, and more, all under one roof.

Half-Term Holiday Events

Monday 25–Friday 29 May 2015

Make your own Talisman

Taking inspiration from examples in our collection, create your own talisman to ensure you stay safe at sea.

RNLI presents the Rohilla Disaster Story

Join in an interactive storytelling session for families about one of the RNLI’s most epic rescues at sea in 1914.

John Simmonds: a Sailor’s Trafalgar Story

Discover what life was like for a sailor in Nelson’s navy through the eyes of John Simmonds, who was press-ganged from his home in Jamaica.

Think Space Lectures

Find out about the latest research and developments in astrophysics with our Think Space Lectures. No prior knowledge is required, just a healthy dose of curiosity.

Weekly Events

Explore Saturdays

Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life.

Discover Sundays

Be inspired by our maritime past and explore your personal connections to the sea. Ask staff where the activity is on the day.

Play Tuesdays

Have fun with your family by exploring the Museum through crafts, music, dance and drama. Timed sessions; collect tickets from the Admissions Desk.

Become the Greatest Explorer on The Great Map

The Great Explorer is a magical new interactive game for families. Take one of our tablet devices and set sail across The Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from all around the world.

Where will you visit and what will you find? Take a photo and share your adventure with us @NMMGreenwich #greatmap

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details.

General admission to National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House is free. All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 442.


For further information or images please contact:

Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office | Tel: 020 8312 6667/6545 | 07960 509 802 | Email: press@rmg.co.uk