Moonlight Explorers

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

Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
Saturday 16 November 2019 | 5.30pm - 8pm
Child £4.50 | Accompanying adult free | £6 additional adult | Members free
National Maritime Museum, Sammy Ofer Wing, Special exhibitions gallery
Family fun
Free for members

Come and visit the Moon exhibition at the National Maritime Museum at this relaxed opening for families with neurodiverse children, including those with autism and other sensory processing difficulties.

Discover the magical relationship between us and the Moon and find your own connection!

Families can explore The Moon exhibition together in a relaxed environment. Lighting will be increased and noise reduced where possible to ensure the best experience.

The exhibition will be accompanied by free, drop in craft activies, the chance to ask questions of an astronomer from the Royal Observatory, trail around the exhibition and a quiet space.

Create your own Moon rock

Get hands on and create your own version of Moon rock using Model Magic clay using colourful minerals from Moon rock as your inspiration!

Make a Moonscape

Using different shapes, create your own unique black and white moonscape. Cut up your own space-themed shapes to take your moonscape to a whole new level!

Download the Moonlight Explorers visual guide

Important information

Moonlight Explorers is suitable for families with children aged 5-15 years. Siblings are welcome to attend.

Please note that the Sammy Ofer Wing is the only part of the National Maritime Museum open for this event. Other galleries, including the AHOY! Children's Gallery will be closed after the Museum shuts at 5pm. 

The Sammy Ofer wing shop will be open as normal. Whilst the Parkside Cafe will be closed, families are welcome to bring snacks to eat in the cafe area.

Download a visual story of the Moonlight Explorers event

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