Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum

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17 February | 11am - 4pm
National Maritime Museum
Family fun

See in the Chinese New Year in our one-day extravaganza. Enjoy a day of music, art and performance to welcome the year of the dog. Enjoy traditional Chinese performance arts including a lion dance and Kung Fu. There will also be a performance from the Nanjing Little Red Flower Dance Troupe. 



Celebrate Chinese New Year with us and enjoy traditional Chinese performance arts including a Lion Dance and Kung Fu. There will also be a performance from the Nanjing Little Red Flower Dance Troupe.

Location: Under the Propeller & Great Map

2pm – 3pm 

Calligraphy workshop

Come and learn the traditional art of calligraphy, or ‘beautiful writing’, in this workshop for all ages.

Location: Group Space

Time: 11am – 11.45am | 12pm – 12.45pm | 1.15pm – 2pm | 3pm – 3.45pm

Giant Floor Garden

Join us to create a giant floor garden, inspired by objects in our Traders gallery. You can contribute to this collaborative artwork as it grows throughout the day, and learn about the characters and buildings of the garden.

Location: Compass Rose Room

Time: 11.30am – 1.45pm | 2.45pm – 4pm

Chinese naval flag making

Imagine you are sailing the seven seas with the Chinese Navy – which animal would you choose to represent your ship? Take inspiration from our collection of Chinese flags to design your own in this make and do workshop.

Location: Learning Space

Time: 11.30am – 1pm | 2.30pm - 4pm

Sensory Story Adventure

Join us for a sensory storytelling adventure to China in this interactive session for our younger visitors. Float down the river in a flower boat, climb the Great Wall and explore a miniature garden.

Suitable for under-5s.

Location: Baltic Glass

Time: 11.30am – 12pm | 12.30pm – 1pm | 1.30pm – 2pm | 3pm – 3.30pm 

James Robson

Explore Traders: The East India Company and Asia galley with 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 China on your journey, and the impact of the 19th-Century Opium Wars on both countries.

Location: Traders gallery

Time: 12pm | 1pm | 3pm