Rock the Boat

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

Date and time: 
Select dates, 10.30am - 2pm
15 Feb 2020 | 21 March 2020 | 16 May 2020 | 20 June 2020 | 19 September 2020 | 10 October 2020
£5 per child | Free for accompanying adults
National Maritime Museum

Bring your Guiding or Scouting group to the National Maritime Museum for an inspiring experience and discover stories, objects and ideas that support your members to earn badges.

From inspiring women in a man’s world, to sessions about polar exploration, these programmes will help fulfil a variety of badge criteria.

Participate in a trail around the museum, get hands on with objects and take part in an interactive challenge.

For more information, download the session plans or contact

Sessions for groups

Women Making Waves

Bring your group to the National Maritime Museum to discover more about the role of women in maritime history. Go on a journey through the Museum to find out more about the contributions of women, ending in the new Sea Things gallery where you will see the bust created by a local Guides group. Afterwards, come together to create your own clay bust of a woman who has inspired you.

Download the lesson plan here: FileWomen Making Waves lesson plan

Polar Explorers: Surviving Extreme Environments

The Polar Regions are where human capability is put to the test. With freezing temperatures, unpredictable weather and limited resources, adapting to the Arctic and Antarctic is a challenge.

In this session groups will learn about how the Inuit have adapted to the Arctic, and how modern technology has been influenced by traditional survival tools. Explore the Polar Worlds gallery and come together afterwards to explore survival.

Download the lesson plan here: FilePolar Explorers lesson plan

Booking a visit

We can help plan your visit, from what else is on in the Museum to the best picnic spot in the beautiful Greenwich Park.

Contact our Bookings team


Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

Visits must be booked in advance and cannot be booked online. To book a session please contact the Bookings team Monday-Friday between 10.00 and 16.00

When you call please ensure you have the following information:

  • date and timings of your visit and a range of alternatives (please note that a minimum of three hours is needed for these sessions)
  • the learning needs of your group, including any Special Educational Needs.
  • whether you want to book a lunch room and will need to use the cloakroom to store coats and bags.
  • your group's contact details
  • the number of participants and accompanying adults. Groups must be accompanied by an adult at all times on site.

Suggested ratios

KS1 (e.g. Rainbows and Beavers) 1 adult for every 5 pupils
KS2 (e.g. Brownies and Cubs) 1 adult for every 8 pupils
KS 3 and 4 (e.g. Guides, Rangers, Scouts, Explorers) 1 adult for every 10 pupils


These sessions accommodate up to 30 participants, plus their accompanying adults. Sessions cost £5 per participant (adults go free). The minimum number for a group is 15 participants (not including accompanying adults), or a flat group rate applies.

Groups booking one of our paid sessions wcan also be handed hard copies of our trails at no additional cost. Ask the Bookings Team for availability on booking your paid session.

Sessions do not need to be paid for on point of booking but do need to be paid for in advance of the visit, over the phone by credit/debit card.

Cancelling or amending your booking

If you need to reduce numbers or cancel your booking for any booked activities you must tell us at least 28 days before the date of your visit. We cannot accept cancellations or amendments made by phone or voicemail, cancellations and changes must be made in writing by either:

Post: Scouting/Guiding Bookings, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 PNF


If you cancel less than 28 days in advance, we will not refund the cost of the session. If you have not paid, we will invoice you for the cost of the session.