The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world.

A trove of maritime treasures, we have picked our top things to see during your visit. 

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Take a photo of the Ship in a Bottle

Did you know that Yinka Shonibare's replica of Nelson's Ship is one of the most photographed artworks in London? HMS Victory was the ship on which Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Chill out in the Polar Worlds gallery

Discover tales of polar exploration, and learn more about the indigenous communities that live in the Arctic and Antarctic.

In such a crucial time for climate change, come and discover more about this incredible region.

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See a real Fijian canoe

Fijian canoes, known as drua, can only be built by members of the community who inherited the right to use their skills from their ancestors. See this one in the Pacific Encounters gallery, where you can learn more about the legacies and traditions of the people living in Fiji today.

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Discover Turner’s largest painting

JMW Turner’s The Battle of Trafalgar is the artist's largest work - and one of his most controversial. Depicting the famous naval battle, the painting hangs its own dedicated gallery. 

Navigate Venice's waterways

A painting showing the Grand Canal during a festival. The canal is filled with gondolas and other craft, while the banks are lined with people

Uncover Venice’s dynamic history – and its precarious present – in Canaletto's Venice Revisited, a major exhibition that brings together the Italian artist's complete set of 24 Venetian views, on loan from Woburn Abbey.

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Two young children play in the family-friendly AHOY! Gallery at the National Maritime Museum

Explore the AHOY! Children's Gallery

Little sailors will have lots of fun in this playful and immersive space for under-7s.

Stoke the boiler of a steamship, buy and sell fish in the marketplace, and make new friends in the interactive boatyard. Expect pirates, polar stories and plenty of adventures.

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Find your favourite figurehead

Figureheads are carved wooden sculptures that traditionally sat on the prows of sailing ships.

With over 230 figureheads in the collection, including Medusa from the HMS Implacable, there's a wide range of creatures and styles available. Which one is your favourite?

Marvel at Nelson’s jacket

The jacket that Nelson was wearing when he was shot and fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar is on display for free at the National Maritime Museum. If you look closely you can even see the hole in the fabric where the bullet entered.

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Research your ancestors

The Caird Library contains over 100,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets and 8000 rare books, which covers everything from the Royal Navy and piracy to shipwrecks and the two World Wars.

Want to discover more about your past? If you have family members who served or travelled on ships you can trace their history, and learn more about your ancestors. 

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Journey through the Universe

Want to get even more cultural? Discover some of the world's best space photography in our Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition

Find your connection to the sea

Always felt like you truly belong at sea? 

The Sea Things gallery has talking sculptures, objects you can touch, and even a pocket watch worn by a victim of the Titanic disaster.

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A diver heads swims vertically downwards through shining blue sea, holding a harpoon out in front

See the world through a seafarer's lens

What is it like to work at sea today? From underwater journalists to drilling rig workers, get an insight into the livelihoods of seafarers in Exposure: Lives at Sea, our free photography exhibition.

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Sail back in time

Do you love tales of Tudor exploration? Do the Stuart seamen pique your interest?

The Tudor and Stuarts Seafarers gallery includes navigational instruments used by the likes of Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake. From tales of pirates and privateers to the origins of global trade, learn about how our historic connection to the sea has shaped the modern world.

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National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Exposure: Lives at Sea exhibition
  • Paid exhibitions not included
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Special exhibition

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Amazing astrophotography
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  • More space to explore
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