Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum

Baltic glass closure

The Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass display will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May. The rest of the National Maritime Museum will be open as usual.

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9 February | 11am - 4pm
National Maritime Museum

Get into the spirit of Chinese New Year with our colourful creative activities.

Performance from Step Out Arts and the Shanghai Theatre Academy 

2pm - 3pm                                                    

Head to the Great Map to see traditional lion dances by Step Out Arts and song and dance from the Shanghai Theatre Academy to truly celebrate the Year of the Pig.      

Shanghai Theatre Academy
The Shanghai Theatre Academy

Character Encounters: James Robson

12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Explore the Traders gallery in the company of James Robson, a Chinese lascar (sailor) who served on the fastest and greatest of the tea clippers, Cutty Sark. Find out about the struggles of the tea trade between Britain and Chine on your journey.

Meet in the Sammy Ofer Wing

Suitable for ages 6+


Dragon Dance Workshop

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm

Come and learn some of the moves of the Dragon Dance, one of the most anticipated events of the Lunar New Year celebrations! Takes place in the Group Space.


Junk Bunting

11am-2pm, 3pm-4pm

Be inspired by the Chinese Junk flags in the Museum. Make your own flag to help decorate the Museum. Takes place in the Propeller Space.


Hongbao Crafts

11am-1.30pm, 2.30pm-4pm

Hongbao are traditionally given to children as part of the New Year celebrations. Come along and decorate your own! Takes place in the Learning Space.


The Great Race and the Story of Nian

11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 3.15pm

Head to Baltic Glass to hear traditional Chinese New Year stories.