Four new galleries

Our four new galleries at the National Maritime Museum will tell the epic true stories of pioneering global explorers and their encounters with people, places and environments across the world’s oceans.

Come behind the scenes of a major conservation effort as we get ready for the opening of the new galleries, and meet the people caring for these fascinating objects. 

With over 1,100 more objects on display, you’ll be able to uncover hidden histories, reimagine familiar stories, and reflect on your connection to the sea.

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Exploration and exploitation

  • In Tudor and Stuart Seafarers follow 16th- and 17th-century European seafarers as they voyaged into the unknown. Uncover stories of adventure and piracy, ambition and greed that helped transform the nation into a leading maritime force and have shaped the world we live in.
  • In Polar Worlds discover the challenges of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, from the Victorian era to the present. Hear stories of the brave people who tackled these extreme environments and the people that live and work there, and learn about the human impacts of the changing polar climate.
  • In  Pacific Encounters voyage to the world’s largest ocean and hear tales of exploration and exploitation. Learn more about encounters between Europeans and the Te-Moananui-a-Kiwa (people of the Pacific Ocean), and the legacies still felt today.
  • In Sea Things, explore what the sea means to you through personal stories from the deep. Discover the collection with more objects on open display than ever before.
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