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National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Saturday 11 June | 10am-4pm
Prices Free

Ready to explore the ocean? Join us at the National Maritime Museum for a fabulous celebration of our blue planet.

Meet scientists, explorers and conservationists, take part in a range of workshops and live performances, and discover rarely seen treasures from the National Maritime Museum's collection.

All activities take place on Saturday 11 June unless otherwise stated and are open to all Museum visitors. Book your free tickets online in advance to guarantee entry, and keep scrolling to find out more about what you can enjoy during World Oceans Day 2022.

World Oceans Day 2022 events

Journey into the ice

An overhead view of polar research ship Sir David Attenborough breaking through the ice
(image by Jamie Anderson courtesy of British Antarctic Survey)

This World Oceans Day, we're excited to open Poles Apart at the National Maritime Museum. This brand new gallery will take visitors to the icy frontiers of modern polar science and lift the lid on the UK's newest polar research ship: the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Date and times: Sneak preview on Wednesday 8 June; official opening on Saturday 11 June | Location: Next to the Great Map Café

Family fun

A father takes part in a craft activity with his son during a World Oceans Day Museums workshop

Get stuck into a print workshop

Create ocean-inspired art or come up with your own climate campaign poster with our two free printmaking workshops.

Location: The Great Map

Meet the merfolk

Look out for our pod of fabulous merfolk floating around the Museum throughout the day. Marvel at their recycled costumes, and get your own ocean-inspired facepaint!

Location: throughout the National Maritime Museum

Craft a coral reef

We're already hard at work creating a coral reef crochet thanks to our community groups and enthusiastic volunteers – and you can join in too! Add your pre-made creations, or join our sessions and make something on the day. Coral reef experts will also be on-hand to give insight into these important underwater worlds.

Location: next to the Giant Propeller

Join the Ocean Generation

Ocean Generation is offering free immersive workshops experiences to raise awareness about ocean conservation. During this interactive presentation, young people will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of the ocean and how it supports and is interconnected to all life on Earth.

Location: Group Space

Live music

A steel band plays in the National Maritime Museum as families look on

Metronomes Steel Orchestra

The 10-strong steelband will be bring their amazing sound to Greenwich this World Oceans Day. Catch one of their performances live either on The Great Map or outside by the Ship in a Bottle statue.

London Sea Shanty Collective

Sing along to some sea shanties with The London Sea Shanty Collective as they bring the Museum to life with traditional working songs. The group will perform two 30-minute sets as well as a workshop where the audience can take part.

Ocean science

See an ice core melting

By extracting ice cores from Antarctica, scientists are able to travel more than 800,000 years back into Earth’s climate history. This is a rare opportunity to view an ice core from the British Antarctic Survey up close.

Location: Next to the new Poles Apart gallery

Meet the experts

Discover a range of science and conservation stands with hands-on activities for all ages, and get up to speed with what's happening in our oceans today.

Location: near the Parkside Café

Science talks and films

Head to the Lecture Theatre throughout the day for family-friendly talks and special film screenings.

Location: Lecture Theatre

Discover hidden objects

Over 90% of the Royal Museums Greenwich collection is in storage. Join our curators as they reveal rarely seen items from the collections, and find out how we used to study the ocean in the past and the impact human activity has had on the environment.

Location: next to the figureheads display by the Great Map

VR and the ocean

Visitors will be able to explore the ocean without getting their feet wet in a variety of virtual reality experiences using Oculus Quest and their own phones to dive into the ocean.

Art and climate change

A man stands in front of a golden wall
Image © Serge Attukwei Clottey, courtesy of The Line

Discover a brand new art installation

See a series of thought-provoking digital artworks works created in response to the current ocean crisis. In partnership with The Collective Makers, four artists will be showcasing their responses to this year's theme at the National Maritime Museum.

Location: on display throughout the National Maritime Museum

Create recycled fashion

An artist-led workshop exploring themes of climate change and ocean waste. Create wearable artworks from everyday materials inspired by Practitioner in Residence Serge Attukwei Clottey. This workshop is a continuation of Longitudinal Dialogues, a collaborative programme developed by Royal Museums Greenwich, The Line and Arup Phase 2.

Location: The ReThink Space

Send a message for our oceans

This is a new display created by Year 5 pupils from Rathfern Primary School in collaboration with Royal Museums Greenwich and Ocean Generation. The pupils have already added their personal pledges to help save the oceans, and you will be able to contribute your own.

Location: Learning Space

Useful information

Tickets and Opening

Free entry

Saturday 11 June

10am-5pm

  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

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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.

This year, Royal Museums Greenwich will be 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. The main celebration will take place on Saturday 11 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 are taking place on Saturday 11 June at the National Maritime Museum. All activities are free with Museum entry unless otherwise stated.

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