Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Join us to explore the universe, astronomy, great art and history. From our annual astronomy courses to our regular maritime history lecture series, get the latest knowledge from experts in the field. 

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

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Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House
Talks & courses

Feed your mind with our great educational events

Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
12 September 2017 - 22 May 2018 | Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm | Saturdays 30 September 2017, 10, 24 February, 3, 10, 17 March, 2 June 2018
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
Tuesdays | 12 September 2017 - 8 May 2018 | 6.30pm - 9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Study astronomy topics at foundation degree level, without the costs.
Times:
Tuesdays, 12 September 2017–22 May 2018 | 7–9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Family fun, Talks & Courses
Drop in workshops facilated by Observatory Explainers mixing demonstrations with make and do activities.
Times:
Weekends, 1 October - 30 December | 12.45-4.15pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Explore topics at the cutting edge of modern astronomical research and the limits of human knowledge.
Times:
Tuesdays, 7–9pm | 2 January – 6 February | 17 April – 22 May
Location:
Royal Observatory
Member events
Join journalist, author and polar specialist Michael Smith as he discusses Francis Crozier, captain of HMS Terror.
Times:
Thursday 18 January | 6.15pm-7.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses, Conferences & study days
The Life and Times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria 
Times:
Saturday 20 January | 10.30-16.30
Location:
Orangery & South Parlours
Maritime History & Culture Seminars at The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, London WE1E 7HU
Times:
26 October, 14 November, 12 December, 23 January, 20 February, 24 April, 19 June 22 May | 5.15/ 5.30pm
Location:
A detailed examination of the voyages and their fantastical encounters relating them to reality.
Times:
28 January | 10.30am-4.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Join an astronomer for a special Sky Tonight planetarium show, showcasing the contribution of Muslims to astronomy, and guidance on...
Times:
10 February, 10 March| 10 - 10.45am
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
What is 'life'? Experts from different aspects of exoplanet research discuss the true nature of habitability.
Times:
22 February | 5.30-9.30pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Talks & Courses
Day course looking at nineteenth century classical references in the National Maritime Museum.
Times:
25 February | 10.30am-4.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum