Fun Palaces

Cutty Sark closure

Visitor notice: Cutty Sark will be closed on Sunday 1 March for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. The Park Row car park will also be closed to the public all weekend. On 29 February and 1 March access to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House will be via the Romey Road or William Walk gates. Our other museum sites will be open as usual. Plan your visit

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5 October 2019 | 11am - 4pm
National Maritime Museum
Family fun

Local communities are transforming the National Maritime Museum into a Fun Palace for one day only! 

Join us for a festival full of spectacular performances and unusual activities as communities take over the Museum to showcase their marvellous talents and curious interests.

We have been working alongside a group of brilliant volunteers from local communities, who have been busy at work designing the Fun Palaces Festival for 2019 (as well as the outstanding poster and imagery for the event!).

Many months of dedication have resulted in a truly unique day of activities for all to enjoy. 


Bee Haven 

Walk through the immersive sound atmosphere of honeybees, performed by the XR Ensemble and composed by James Weeks to raise awareness of the current ecological crisis.

Hula Hoop Extravaganza

Laura will dazzle you with her Hula Hooping skills before you can jump in and try yourself.

Steel Pans Band 

Join us for a spectacular steel pan performance! Enjoy the sounds originating from the Caribbean and dance along on the Great Map.

Creative Workshops

Steel Pans 

Pick up your sticks and learn how to play the steel pans with local musician, Kirk. All ages and abilities welcome. You can even join in with the performance on the Great Map later!

Save Our Seas, with the Three C’s 

Join us for a community collage and badge-making activity as we delve into the deep blue, fishing out what shouldn’t be there and pledging to save our seas!

Craftivism: Quilting the History of Queer Fashion 

Be inspired by iconic moments in queer fashion history to create your own activist patchwork design. Meet embroidery artist, Alex, for a tutorial to add that finishing touch!

Games Without Wires 

Meet your match! Join members from the Caribbean Social Forum in a day of mind boggling games, all without wires.

Vietnamese Origami Lotus Making 

Join the Greenwich Vietnamese Women’s Group for some mindful crafting of the Vietnamese National flower.

Everyone an Artist – Life Drawing Session

Pick up a pencil, be inspired by the statues and models around you to start your grand masterpiece!

Talks and Storytelling

The Marvellous Mary Lacy 

Listen to the true story of Mary Lacy who defied the conventions of the 18th century by running away from home, disguising herself as a man, and joining the British Navy.

Ask a Curator 

Meet Laura Boon, Curator of Contemporary Maritime, and Mattie Pye, Curator of National Outreach, to hear what life is like at Royal Museums Greenwich.

LGBTQ Activism

From rioting in the streets to riotous parties at Pride and saying “I Do” – join Neal Mccullough for the history and context of queer activism.


Imagery designed by youth Artist, Alex Kai Bird (Instagram: AK XIII)