Take the helm on the Ship Simulator

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We're making improvements. From 18 to 31 March 2019 there will be no lift access to the Caird Library. Lifts across the National Maritime Museum will still be in operation. Find out more about accessibility at Royal Museums Greenwich


Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00 - 17.00 daily
National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Ship Simulator

Become the captain of a ship and try your hand at manoeuvring into port using the state-of-the-art bridge simulator – but remember to bring your sea legs as it can get choppy!

The ship's interactive bridge simulator brings to life the excitement, difficulties, hazards and skills of handling ships at sea. Join the crew and experience the sights and sounds of the vessel in operation, from the bark of the captain’s commands to the vibration of the ship's engine.
You could find yourself at the helm of a fishing boat navigating buoys in New York Harbour, following a helicopter rescue mission to a sinking vessel, navigating a frigate into position off Sydney shores or steering a P&O ferry into port in Dover.
The simulator is based on the software used to train captains of P&O and the coxswains of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Through five interactive screens, visitors use real navigational equipment, electronic charts and radars to make their way through scenarios that are graded to suit the expertise of the users. Points are scored based on your performance.
The Ship Simulator gallery is open to families every weekend, on Tuesdays and during school holidays.