The best way to access our collection and see conservation in action is through one of our behind-the-scenes tours.
This month we have a slight twist on our behind-the-scenes experiences. On this personal and exclusive tour, our specialist guides will show you a variety of objects within our collection that have special connections to Lunar New Year.
You will come face to face with our conservation team and learn first-hand about the objects' voyage from store to display.
Discover some of the objects on the tour
From globes to maps, here are just a selection of objects that you can see on this special tour.
Chart of Port Arthur
Dating from the 1890s, this chart shows an inlet called Lüshun on the Liaotung peninsula in northeast China. The British called it ‘Port Arthur’ after the captain of a ship who visited during the Second Opium War (1856-60).
Made by artist John Russell in 1797, this lunar globe shows the motions of the Moon and its relation to Earth. It depicts the nearside of the Moon that is visible from Earth.
Plan your visit
The tour lasts for two hours with a ten minute interval. The tour includes a complimentary tea/coffee.
Tours are fully wheelchair accessible.
Tours will abide by current Government guidelines in regards to Covid-19.
Visitors will be required to wear face coverings whilst on the tour unless exempt.
These tours have been specifically designed for adults but we will accept younger enthusiasts of history, conservation, and heritage.
The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is a quick, easy journey from central London by rail or via local bus services.
Address: The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, Nelson Mandela Way, Kidbrooke, SE3 9QS
By train: You can reach us from central London via direct routes by Cannon Street London Bridge, Charing Cross and Victoria. Our nearest station is Kidbrooke which is only 5 minute walk away.
By bus: The following buses stop near the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre: 178, B16, 286, 132
By car: There is limited parking space in our car park but we will prioritise parking for visitors with disabilities. Please pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee a place. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | tel: 020 8312 6608
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