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

We remember the big and the bold but sometimes the items that stay longest with us are the oddly personal or just plain odd. Follow us for a tour of our favourite odd items.

We have a remarkable collection of items relating to Nelson. Yes of course we have fine paintings and uniforms but you may also be surprised to find a mask of his face, his monogrammed high socks, the saw that cut off his arm (or one much like it) and a lock of his hair for his mistress to remember him by.

But it is not just Nelson who features in this off-the-beaten-track tour. Another lock of hair belongs to one of the mutineers from the Bounty, we have a rare 'scare devil' from the Nicobar Islands, snow goggles taken from a frozen skeleton and an opium pipe. Welcome to the weird and wonderful tour.