Museum blog

Planetarium Shows Sold Out

All shows at the Peter Harrison Planetarium today (Friday 22 February) are now sold out. The Royal Observatory is still open for all visitors. For Planetarium ticket holders: please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the show as late entry is not permitted.

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

A zebra and giraffe on board the Chindawara at the Royal Albert Dock (1950)

17 July 2018

Exotic animals have a long history in Britain. The Royal menagerie at the Tower of London was probably created in 1204 (during the reign of King John). There was an aviary at Greenwich Palace constructed for Queen Anne, which probably included both native and exotic birds, and there were other Royal menageries at Windsor, Richmond Lodge and Kew. 

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17 July 2018

Discover the story of Cutty Sark's magnificent gilding, from its past to its present. 

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11 July 2018

The ship's wheel is one of the most recognisable parts of Cutty Sark, it is also one of the most photographed items on-board. But its popularity can also be its downfall. 

Mariner’s Marvellous Magazine

10 July 2018

An intriguing item in the Caird Library rare book collection: ‘The Mariners' Marvellous Magazine : or wonders of the ocean : containing the most remarkable adventures and relations of mariners in various parts of the globe’ was begging to be introduced.   

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10 July 2018

Performer and writer Christopher Green is bringing his unique approach to a new interpretation of Elizabeth I inspired by the Armada Portrait in the Queen’s House. Working with a team of expert costume designers and makers led by Bronya Arciszewska and Oliver Cronk, Christopher will explore how the most magnificent image of Tudor royalty is assembled layer by layer. What does it mean to be an icon? And how do you construct one?

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5 July 2018

The recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s Ship of Fools has prompted a ‘sea change’ in how visitors can view the subjects and history of the collection housed in the Queen’s House.  


2 July 2018

Heavily contested at the time of its creation, crafted in secrecy and rebellion, the text of this document is now well known the world over.

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25 June 2018

The lead paint on this figurehead was once as white as a polar bear's fur. Helen Robertson applied a technique from paper conservation to lighten this 3D object.

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25 June 2018

The best of astronomy this month: See the total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on 27th July.

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25 June 2018

The first modern, research-grade telescopes have just been installed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, making the institution a working observatory once again after 60 years. Marek Kukula, Brendan Owens and Tom Kerss explain what this will mean for them, researchers, and the public.