Visit the National Maritime Museum for free, and don't miss our special events and exhibitions. We can't wait to see you in Greenwich.

An emperor penguin and its chick stand against an icy backdrop. The penguin chick is light grey with a black head

Ice Worlds festival

Visit Greenwich for a fantastic free festival of polar science and exploration, and see Britain's newest polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough

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Spot the crown

Royal symbols. Displays of wealth. Proof of legitimacy. What are the stories behind the crowns in these royal portraits?

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Tickets and Opening

Free entry
Advance booking recommended

Open daily


  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier
Explore the collection

Royal Museums Greenwich holds over 2.5 million items, including astronomical and navigational instruments, ship models and plans, coins, medals and flags, uniforms and weapons, plus historical art, film and photography.

The National Maritime Museum also contains the world's largest maritime library and archive collection.

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Collections Online

Explore our objects, paintings, archives and libraries from the comfort of home with our brand new digital collections search. Search all the sections together, and hone in on what you're looking for using the advanced filters.

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Visit the Caird Library & Archive

The Caird Library and Archive at the National Maritime Museum is home to the world's largest maritime library and archive collection.

The Library collection includes over 100,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets, 20,000 bound periodicals including 200 current titles and 8000 rare books spanning every aspect of maritime history.

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Visit Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is home to the Royal Museums Greenwich stored collections and state of the art conservation studios.

This new facility is full of inspiring objects which, like most museums, are generally out of public view. The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre opens these hidden treasures up to the public along with the skills and expertise of our conservation and storage teams.

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What’s On

Exhibitions and events at the National Maritime Museum. See everything that is happening

Choose your tickets

Entry to the National Maritime Museum is free, but you must have a ticket to visit. Book online to guarantee entry. Charges apply for special exhibitions. For full tickets and prices click here.

National Maritime Museum

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

Member tickets

  • Free Museums entry
  • Priority booking
  • Membership card number required
Advance booking recommended
National Maritime Museum

Become a Member

  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
Direct Debit One-off
Individual: £50 Individual: £60
Family: from £65 Family: from £75

Special exhibition

Tudors to Windsors

  • National Maritime Museum
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • 500 years of royal history
  • 5 royal dynasties
Adult £10.00
Child £5.00
Rainbow image of the California Nebulae

Special exhibition

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Amazing astrophotography
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • More space to explore
Adult £10.00
Child £5.00
An Emperor Penguin and its young chick

28-30 October

Ice Worlds festival

  • Meet real polar scientists
  • Get access to all polar stalls and talks
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • National Maritime Museum entry included
Advance tickets limited
Walk-ups subject to availability