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Type Guided tours
Location
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Date and Times Tours run daily from 12 to 16 September | See page for details
Prices Free

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is home to the Royal Museums Greenwich stored collections and state of the art conservation studios. 
 
This unique facility is full of inspiring objects which normally would be away from public view. 

A member of the public viewing objects in the store

Heritage Open Days tours: Astounding Inventions

This year's theme is Astounding inventions. On our tours we will investigate the stories of great inventions, inventors and innovators, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to mathematician Gladys West.

We will also delve into Royal Museums Greenwich's collection, showcasing special maritime and space related objects including an underwater telephone, a diorama of the building of the Great Eastern and even a hole punch.

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A model of the Great Eastern under construction

Tour information 

Tours will run from 12 to 16 September 2022 at the following times:

Monday 10.30am and 3.30pm

Tuesday 10.30am and 3.30pm

Wednesday 10.30am and 3.30pm

Thursday 3.30pm and 6.30pm

Friday 10.30am and 3.30pm

All tours are free and last 1 hour. Due to the nature of the site all places on the tour need to be booked.

About The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is home to the Royal Museums Greenwich stored collections and state of the art conservation studios. It is set on the grounds of a former RAF base in Kidbrooke, which was previously a barrage balloon depot in the Second World War.

Visitors to The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre will see a contrast of architecture with our new state of the collection stores and conservation studios next to the former RAF buildings. 

Despite storing the Museum’s collection since the early 1970s, members of the public rarely have had the chance to see behind the scenes.

With the collection comprising of 2.5 million objects, the vast majority are kept in storage, generally out of public view. Many items are genuine treasures of the Museum, which can occasionally be shown in exhibitions.

During our Heritage Open Days event, the public will be able to explore this Aladdin’s cave of treasures. 

Plan your visit

Inside the collections storage facility and conservation studio of Royal Museums Greenwich

Visit the collection

Go behind the scenes at The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre and explore our state of the art conservation studio and collections store.