The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum and Queen's House are proud to be able to offer a range of our temporary exhibitions and shows to hire.

Royal Museums Greenwich has an international reputation for high-quality, innovative exhibitions combining world-renowned curatorial expertise and exceptional objects and experiences. These exhibitions showcase a range of narratives and objects across diverse academic, cultural disciplines with wide audience appeal.

The touring programme offers exhibitions ranging in scale from Turner and the Sea, the first full-scale examination of J.M.W. Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea, to the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, presenting incredible award-winning images of the sky ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space.

Supporting national and international venues

Our thought-provoking mix of subjects complement and expand upon our partner-museums programmes, and we are committed to promoting and supporting venues both in the UK and internationally.

The new Special Exhibitions Gallery gives us a fantastic opportunity to develop and display large world-class exhibitions with international partners.

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Current exhibitions

Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year 2015

Winning images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition are now on display in the annual exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

A selection of winning images from past competitions has been exhibited at the Edinburgh Science Festival and at the FameLab Science Festival organized by the British Council in Croatia. Currently, images from previous competition years are available for license and display.

Now on tour

Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

The touring exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars is currently open at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut until 28 March 2016. This exhibition explores the race to determine longitude at sea during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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‘The exhibition draws on the latest research to shed new light on the history of longitude… and how it changed our understanding of the world.’ Wall Street International

‘This refreshing, highly digestible visual take on the quest for longitude masterfully marks the Longitude Act’s tricentenary.’ Bart Verberck, Nature Physics

Ships, Clocks & Stars is proudly sponsored by United Technologies.

Previously on tour

Royal Museums Greenwich has successfully toured a number of exhibitions and reproduction displays in recent years.

Turner and the Sea

National Maritime Museum, November 2013-April 2014 

This stunning exhibition examines the appeal of the sea to J. M. W. Turner and his contemporaries. It was displayed at the Peabody Essex Museum, USA from 31 May-1 September 2014.

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea

National Maritime Museum, November 2012–April 2013

Ansel Adams is arguably the most popular and the most influential photographer in American history. This spectacular exhibition explored Adams’s unique approach to photography by featuring pictures of water in all its forms. This show was toured from the Peabody Essex Museum, USA, and was also on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney from 4 Jul-8 Dec 2013.

Turmoil and Tranquillity

Queen’s House, Greenwich, June 2008–January 2009

This exhibition charts the rise of the seascape as a distinct art form in the Low Countries through the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish marine paintings. This exhibition was staged as The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA, USA, June–September 2009.

Discussions are underway for this touring exhibition to visit other international venues.

The Last of the Tall Ships (a reproduction display)

National Maritime Museum, December 2009–April 2010

Over 30 of photographer Alan Villiers’ stunning black and white photographs depicting life on these merchant sailing vessels in the 1920s and 30s. These evocative images are accompanied by Villiers’ own vivid descriptions of his own experiences on board.

Images from the Villiers collection formed the exhibition Sons of Sinbad – The photographs of Alan Villiers touring to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in 2010, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania/Carnegie Gallery in Hobart and the Bribie Island Seaside Museum in Queensland, both in 2011.