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

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00 daily
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum, First floor, Baltic Memorial gallery

Escape to the peaceful and beautiful Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass gallery at the National Maritime Museum, which commemorates World War I dead.

This gallery is a stunning memorial to members of the Baltic Exchange who lost their lives in the First World War, the stained glass panels are packed with classical and religious symbolism. Enjoy a few minutes of peace and calm under the impressive half-dome, over three metres in height and take in the stunning windows representing Truth, Trade, Fortitude, Hope and Justice.

History of the windows

Shortly after the First World War, the artist John Dudley Forsyth (1874–1926) was commissioned to design a series of stained glass windows for the Baltic Exchange –  a regular meeting place for merchants and naval officer s to plan trade missions. These windows formed part of a memorial to the 60 members of the Exchange who lost their lives during the war.

Further bomb damage and restoration

In 1992, a bomb exploded outside the Baltic Exchange in the City of London causing severe damage to the building, and Forsyth's stained glass windows. Of the 240 panels in the dome, only 45 remained completely intact and the windows below were extensively damaged. As much glass as possible was painstakingly salvaged from the wreckage and a lengthy conservation project saw its installation here at the National Maritime Museum.