February Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Celebrate LGBT Month; join in festivities for the Year of the Monkey; or read the letters of lovers separated by the sea for our Valentine’s Day ‘Love in the Archives’ event.

A full programme of events for children and adult visitors to the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum. The Queen’s House is closed for refurbishment until 4 July 2016. For Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark events, please contact the Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office on 020 8312 6789/6545/6790.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

The largest ever exhibition about the famous diarist with 200 objects from national and international museums, galleries and private collections. Pepys, one of the most colourful characters of the 17th-century, witnessed many of the great events that shaped Stuart Britain, bringing them brilliantly to life in his famous and candid diary.

He lived through a time of turmoil which saw kings fighting for their crowns, and medieval London transformed into a world city following the devastation of the plague and the Great Fire. He was a naval mastermind, a gossip and socialite. He fought for survival on the operating table and in the cut-throat world of public life and politics, successfully navigating his way to wealth and status until his luck, intimately entwined with the King’s fortunes, finally ran out.

Samuel Pepys Events

Pepys and Greenwich

This walk takes you through Samuel Pepys’s time downriver, exploring experiences of Greenwich, Deptford and the Thames in the 17th-century. As he was employed by the Navy Board, Pepys had good reason to be close to the Royal Dockyard at Deptford and would have seen first-hand the bustling riverfront with its ship building and other maritime trades at work.

Retrace Pepys’s steps through the bustling alleyways, pubs and markets to find his refuge from plague and fire in the city.

Music Hath the Real Command over the Soul: Live Performance

Contemporary vocal ensemble, Reverie, present an interactive and immersive musical response to Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution.

As you explore the exhibition, singers will appear around every corner, creating a bespoke, site-specific soundscape. Each performance lasts 25-30 minutes.

Special Events

Love in the Archives

For centuries, lovers and loved ones separated by the sea have written letters that express their longing to be together again. Come and investigate the Caird Library’s collection of love letters in the Museum’s Re·Think space, before enjoying Prosecco and nibbles.

Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum

The Year of the Monkey is here! Come to the National Maritime Museum for a cultural extravaganza of incredible things to see and do.

Rainbow Week at The National Maritime Museum

In honour of LGBT History Month, February events and half term workshops will explore colour, flags and identity.

In the Navy!

We will be heading over to our friends at the Rose and Crown pub to host a quiz celebrating all things Maritime and LGBT. Expect salacious sailor puns and more nautical naughtiness than you can shake a figurehead at.

Dates: 11 February 2016 | Times: TBC | Venue: Rose and Crown Pub, Greenwich | Age: Adult | Admission: Free

Awash with Colour

Using techniques such as tie-dye and marbling, show something you are proud of by creating fantastic, colourful and watery designs.

Out at Sea

From sex-changing fish, ‘heroines and harlets’ in Nelson’s England and a family flag-making workshop, join us to celebrate a spectrum of LGBT Histories, experiences and voices. A day of talks and workshops for adults and families at the National Maritiem Museum.

Dates: 20 February 2016 | Times: TBC | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Age: Suitable for all ages | Admission: Free

Flags and Gladrags

Create a wearable flag that symbolises your identity and learn about celebrations and festivals at sea.

Weekly Family Events

Explore Saturdays

Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life.

Discover Sundays

Be inspired by our maritime past and explore your personal connections to the sea. Ask staff where the activity is on the day.

Play Tuesdays

Have fun with your family by exploring the Museum through crafts, music, dance and drama. Timed sessions: collect tickets from the admissions desk.

Become the Greatest Explorer on The Great Map

The Great Explorer is an interactive game for families. Take one of our tablet devices and set sail across The Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from all around the world. Where will you visit and what will you find?

Take a photo and share your adventure with us @NMMGreenwich #greatmap

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment until 4 July 2016.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details. General admission to National Maritime Museum is free.

All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


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