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National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Returning in 2023
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Ready to explore the ocean? Join us at the National Maritime Museum for a fabulous celebration of our blue planet.

Our family-friendly festival takes place every year at the National Maritime Museum, featuring workshops and stalls, talks and films, artist interventions and much more.

The 2022 event is now over, but we'll be back in 2023! Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our plans, and get more ocean news and events delivered straight to your inbox.

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Our Ocean, Our Planet

A new online space at Royal Museums Greenwich dedicated to exploring ocean issues, the climate crisis and our changing relationship with the sea

What is World Oceans Day?

World Oceans Day takes place on 8 June every year as a celebration of the ocean and our continuing reliance on it.

Over 70 per cent of our blue planet is covered in water, and more than half of all the oxygen we breathe comes from ocean plants. We rely on the ocean for food security, transportation, coastal defences and much more.

We are increasingly aware of the huge negative effect we are having on the ocean, however.

Over-fishing, greenhouse gas emissions, chemical and noise pollution, ocean mining and plastic pollution all threaten the health of our oceans, as well as "nonpoint source" pollution from farms, foresting and transportation. 80 per cent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land.

Royal Museums Greenwich is working with several scientific organisations, conservation and community groups to produce free workshops, talks and performances at the National Maritime Museum suitable for all ages. Our annual celebrations take place every year in June, with a host of additional activities, resources and features also available online.

Main photo By David Troeger on Unsplash

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World Oceans Day celebrations take place every year at the National Maritime Museum. All activities are free with Museum entry unless otherwise stated.

National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Exposure: Lives at Sea exhibition
  • Paid exhibitions not included
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  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
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