Visit the National Maritime Museum for free, and don't miss our special events and exhibitions.

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New exhibition: Women of the RNLI

Life savers, fundraisers, trailblazers: discover the vital roles that women play in saving lives at sea

Plan your visit

How to book tickets

The National Maritime Museum is free, and you not need to book. However, if you would like to guarantee entry and receive updates before your visit, you are welcome to book free tickets online in advance.

Use the booking calendar to select your visit date and entry time, then select the number of tickets you require and click 'Add to basket'. Your tickets will be sent to you by email once you've completed your booking.

As well as our free galleries, we also host a number of special exhibitions throughout the year. Entry to the Museum is included with your exhibition tickets.

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Eat and drink

The Parkside Café is a bright and airy space at the National Maritime Museum with expansive views of Greenwich Royal Park. There is plenty of seating, both indoor and outdoor. Grab a hot or cold drink, and a selection of sandwiches and cakes - perfect for a picnic in the park.

The Great Map Café is located on the first floor of the National Maritime Museum. This open-plan café sits alongside the Great Map, our giant world atlas.

Eating and drinking in Greenwich

Shop

Find the perfect museum gift, from books and prints to models, toys and games. Visit us on site or shop online.

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Accessibility

Find useful information about facilities and access at the National Maritime Museum, including guidance for disabled visitors coming to any of our sites.

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Maps & audio guides

Download a free map to help guide you round the Museum. Dedicated audio guides are also available in different languages to help you make the most of your visit.

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Gallery closures

Occasionally some gallery closures may affect your visit to the National Maritime Museum.

Find details of upcoming closures here.

Tickets and Opening

Free entry

Open daily

10am-5pm

  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

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What’s On

Exhibitions and events at the National Maritime Museum.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
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Exhibitions

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

See the world's greatest space photography at the National Maritime Museum
Open daily | 10am-5pm
Adults £10 | Concessions £6.50 | Children £5 | Free for all visitors from 13 March
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Women of the RNLI
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Exhibitions

Women of the RNLI

Celebrate 200 years of saving lives at sea at the National Maritime Museum
Opening Saturday 2 March 2024
Free
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Play Tuesdays
Family fun

Play Tuesdays

Bring your under 5 on a different adventure every week! Explore the Museum together through song, dance and stories
Term time Tuesdays | 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm
£4 per child and accompanying adult | Under 6 months free
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Women's History Month 2024
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Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women's History Month 2024

Celebrate the lives and achievements of pioneering women
Throughout March
Free Entry
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Evening of Astrophotography
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Talks and tours | British Science Week

Evening of Astrophotography

Come along to a panel discussion to learn more about astrophotography, and enjoy a private viewing of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 exhibition.
Friday 8 March 2024 | 6pm-8pm
Adult: £12 | Students & Under 25: £8.50
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Character Encounters
Talks and tours

Character Encounters

Visit the National Maritime Museum every Saturday to discover a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell
Saturdays
Free Entry
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Saturday Art Club
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Workshops

Saturday Art Club

Join the weekly creative drop-in for young people aged 13-16
Saturdays from October 2023 - April 2024 | 10am-1pm
Free
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SENsory Sailors
Sensory Sailors
Family fun

SENsory Sailors

Come along and enjoy this brand new sensory play session for children with special educational needs
Once a month on Saturdays | 11am-12.30pm
Free | Pre-booking required
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Discover Sundays
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Family fun

Discover Sundays

Each Sunday come and explore the Museum's collection through hands on creative activities
Term time Sundays | 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Free | Drop-in
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Tea in Transition: Natural Dyeing with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
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Workshops

Tea in Transition: Natural Dyeing with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck

Our series celebrating tea continues with a natural dyeing workshop with artist and tea enthusiast Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
Sunday 10 March 2024 | 2pm - 5pm
£7 Adult
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New Members' Tour
Talks and tours | Member events

New Members' Tour

Embark on a voyage of discovery around the Museum in the company of one of our volunteer guides
Various dates | 11am - 12pm
Free | Booking essential
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LGBTQ+ Family Network
Family fun | Identity

LGBTQ+ Family Network

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection
16 March 2024 | 10am-12pm
Free
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Tea in Transition: Herbal Tea Blending Workshop
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Workshops

Tea in Transition: Herbal Tea Blending Workshop

Learn about the healing properties of a range of medicinal plants, and learn how to combine them into unique blends as you create your own herbal teabags
Wednesday 27 March 2024 | 6.30 - 8.30pm
£7 Adults
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Safe Harbour
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Family fun

Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour is a series of free workshops created to provide a safe space for foster and adoptive families with children under 13 years
Monthly: Next date 30 March 2024 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Ticketed | Free
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Caribbean Takeover
A quadrille dance performance, featuring a man and woman in bright red and white chequered cotton dancing arm in arm as a crowd look on
Family fun

Caribbean Takeover

Celebrate black history and culture in Britain with the Caribbean Social Forum as they take over the National Maritime Museum's grounds
Saturday 18 May 2024 | Across the day
Free | No tickets needed
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World Oceans Day
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Events and festivals

World Oceans Day

A family-friendly celebration of our ocean hosted at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
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Windrush Day
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Events and festivals

Windrush Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the Empire Windrush's arrival in Britain, and find your own Windrush connection at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
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International Slavery Remembrance Day
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Events and festivals

International Slavery Remembrance Day

Explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
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Explore the collection

Royal Museums Greenwich holds over 2.5 million items. Where will your search take you?

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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.

Visit Collections Online

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.

Visit now

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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.

Visit now

Choose your tickets

Entry to the National Maritime Museum is free, but we recommend booking tickets online in advance to guarantee entry and receive updates before you visit. Charges apply for special exhibitions.

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  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Paid exhibitions not included
Free entry
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Special exhibition

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • The world's greatest space photography
  • Over 100 images on display
  • Entry to National Maritime Museum included
Adult £10
Child £5
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Family fun

AHOY Gallery

  • Soft play
  • Maritime fun
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Museum entry included
  • Suitable for all children under 7
Term time weekdays FREE
Weekends & holidays £3
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Member tickets

  • Unlimited free entry
  • Priority booking and exclusive events
  • Access using your membership card
Membership card number required
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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 £60 Family: from £70
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