Journey across the Great Map

Essential information

Opening times: 
10am–5pm daily
National Maritime Museum, First floor, The Great Map

Discover the  Great Map at the centre of the National Maritime Museum, a giant atlas from which you can explore the world and our collections, join in with events and play interactive games - no matter what age you are. And it's all free!

  • Pick a card and explore the world as a submarine or build bridges across continents!
  • Walk across the map’s surface and use a touch-screen tablet to uncover stories of female pirates, Scott’s Antarctic expedition and many more.
  • Understand from live data the currents and winds that drive vessels and people across the world’s oceans and seas.
  • Become the Great Map’s Greatest Explorer. Take one of our tablets, name your ship and set sale for distant lands.

Three famous ships

Catch one of our three modern ship models on their voyages across the Great Map.

Image of three people with three ships on the great map


RRS Sir David Attenborough will be a next-generation marine science platform for UK research in both Antarctica and the Arctic.


Once the world’s largest container ship, Encounter Bay was launched 50 years ago during the infancy of “containerisation”, the development of which changed globalisation forever.


HMS Kildangan was operated by the Royal Navy during World War I, and was double-ended and painted in “dazzle” camouflage in order to confuse German submarines.

Take a breather

Good news for weary parents - the Great Map is located next to the Great Map Café where there's ample space for buggy parking, so take a pew and enjoy a cappuccino while the little ones explore.

Entry to The Great Map and access to all our interactive games is free.