Sea Things

Coronavirus reopening

Visitor notice: Royal Museums Greenwich will be closed from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December in line with government guidelines. If you have booked a ticket for this period please contact out more

Essential information

Opening times: 
10am - 5pm
National Maritime Museum

Encounter personal stories of maritime, world and social histories through surprising objects and interactive exhibits.



Human identity has been shaped by our relationship with the sea for centuries; through work, play, love, loss, hope, and despair, the ocean has made us who we are, as individuals and societies.

  • Experience a visual spectacle of over 600 objects, and partake in hands-on activities such as a maritime personality quiz, talking sculptural busts and an interactive to share and discover maritime memories.
  • Many of the objects are on open display, meaning that you can get up close and touch them.
  • Create your own route around this non-chronological gallery, finding objects and ideas that capture your imagination.
  • Hear stories of adventure, exploration, achievement, love and loss through unusual objects such as a carved whale’s tooth, a Roman stone anchor, a pocket watch worn by a victim of the Titanic disaster and an Ancient Egyptian votive ship model – one of the oldest artefacts in the Museum’s collection.
  • See 55 ship models celebrating the variety of vessels used around the world, as well as a mass hang over 150 ship badges and a selection of newly commissioned busts and figurines which come alive to reflect on and provoke ideas about commemoration, representation and heroism.

Four new galleries

Sea Things is one of four new galleries that opened in September 2018. The other three are:

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Gallery: Polar Worlds

Sackler Gallery: Pacific Encounters

Pigott Family Gallery: Tudor and Stuart Seafarers


This gallery is supported by:

  • Foyle Foundation
  • The DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund