Find out about our past exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and Queen's House.
Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity
National Maritime Museum, November 2016 - April 2017
Emma Hamilton was one of the most famous international celebrities of her time and her life is the ultimate costume drama. Now largely remembered as the woman who captured the heart of the nation’s hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Emma was an extraordinary woman in her own right.
Above and Beyond
National Maritime Museum, March-August 2016
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution
National Maritime Museum, November 2015-March 2016
The National Maritime Museum's landmark 2015 exhibition delved into the turbulent history of Stuart London with famous diarist Samuel Pepys as guide.
Against Captain's Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted
National Maritime Museum, spring-summer 2015
The National Maritime Museum and Punchdrunk Enrichment presented a ground-breaking show taking families on a 50-minute adventure of a lifetime through the museum’s wealth of maritime history and artefacts.
The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-80
Queen's House, August 2014-July 2015
This exhibition of exceptional artworks by commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages of discovery featured George Stubbs's paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo - the first depiction of these animals in western art.
War Artists at Sea
Queen's House, February 2014-July 2015
Showcasing the very best of Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art, this display included visually arresting and moving portraits, battle scenes, and depictions of everyday life during conflict.
Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin
Queen's House, March-July 2015
Acclaimed contemporary artist Dryden Goodwin’s first feature film follows the lives of three modern individuals with a particular relationship to looking – an eye surgeon, a planetary explorer and a human rights lawyer.
Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude
National Maritime Museum, July 2014-Jan 2015
Marking the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act, this major exhibition told the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea, helping save seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation.
Royal Observatory Greenwich, April 2014-Jan 2015
Madcap inventors, stargazing scientists and elegant explorers took visitors on an adventure into a world where scientific convention and the laws of nature had been re-written.
Rozanne Hawksley: War & Memory
The Queen's House, May-November 2014
Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, contemporary artist Rozanne Hawksley created a poignant and powerful interrogation of sacrifice at sea and remembrance.
Turner and the Sea
National Maritime Museum, November 2013-April 2014
This was the first major exhibition of masterpieces showcasing the lifelong fascination with the sea of one of Britain's best-loved artists, J. M. W. Turner.
Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich
Royal Museums Greenwich, September 2013-February 2014
A spectacular display of vibrant pieces by one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Yinka Shonibare MBE, encouraging us to look at our collections with fresh eyes, and to ask different questions about our maritime and stargazing past.
Visions of the Universe
National Maritime Museum, June-September 2013
Visions of the Universe showed how we have captured images of the heavens over the centuries, from the earliest hand-drawings to photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the very latest footage from the Mars Curiosity rover.
Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea
National Maritime Museum, November 2012-April 2013
Ansel Adams (1902-84) is the most popular influential landscape photographer in American history. This spectacular display featured his awe-inspiring and evocative landscape photographs of rivers, lakes and seas.
Broadsides: Caricature & the Navy 1775-1815
National Maritime Museum, October 2012-April 2013
An exhibition exploring a significant period of the Royal Navy's history through the acerbic wit of caricature of the time.
Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames
National Maritime Museum, April-September 2012
Created to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and guest-curated by David Starkey, Royal River presented the historic Thames in all its glory, from British royal and City events to the river’s transformation after the ‘Great Stink’.
National Maritime Museum, March-September 2012
Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, this small exhibition focused on the personal stories of survivors and featured a selection of items from the Lord-MacQuitty Titanic collection.
Measuring the Universe: from the transit of Venus to the edge of the cosmos
Royal Observatory Greenwich, March-September 2012
Marking the June 2012 transit of Venus, this exhibition looked at how historical transit events first gave astronomers an inkling of the true mind-boggling scale of space.
Arctic Convoys 1941-1945
National Maritime Museum, 2011-2014
Marking the 70th anniversary of the first Allied Arctic convoys to Russia, this exhibition used contemporary photographs, paintings by war artists and sailors' clothing to tell the story of this gruelling campaign.
High Arctic: Future Visions of a Receding World
National Maritime Museum, 2011
Set in one of many possible futures, High Arctic conveyed the scale, beauty and fragility of our unique Arctic environment through an immersive installation.
Impact: collisions & catastrophes
Royal Observatory Greenwich, March-August 2011
From meteor showers to giant asteroid impacts, the Earth is constantly bombarded by debris from space. This exhibition looked at these fiery visitors and their impact on our planet.
Boats that Built Britain
National Maritime Museum, summer 2010
Accompanying a major BBC Four series, this exhibition explored our island nation’s intimate connection to the sea through great maritime stories from the 15th to 20th centuries.
Visions of Saturn
Royal Observatory Greenwich, June-August 2009
A display of stunning photos from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn.
Skin Deep: the tattoo exhibition
National Maritime Museum, March-September 2002
Skin Deep brought together a fascinating range of objects to illuminate the development and diversity of tattooing over the past 200 years, starting with Captain Cook's first encounters of native tattooing in the South Pacific.