March Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Visit Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution before it closes on 28 March; celebrate Women’s History Month; and create your own carnival backdrop as part of the Easter holiday events.

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

Don’t miss Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution in its final weeks. The exhibition is the largest ever 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 that 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

The Dreadful Visitation: Pepys's City and the Great Plague Walking Tour

30 April 1665 . . . Great fears of the sickness here in the City . . . God preserve us all

Explore the London of Samuel Pepys and discover how 17th-century Londoners dealt with disease, death and burial. After the walk, join Museum of London Archaeology Human Osteologist, Don Walker, as he reveals what archaeology has uncovered about the Plague and the lives of the people it claimed.

Audio Described and British Sign Language Tours

Join one of the curators of Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution for dedicated access tours of the exhibition on Disabled Access Day.

Pepys and the Great Fire of the London

Samuel Pepys experienced the Great Fire of 1666 first-hand and left a dramatic account of events in his famous diary. Using his words and other records, this walk explores how the fire started and progressed, and Pepys’s role in the battle to control the conflagration.

After the walk, take a look at some of the objects that were left behind by those caught up in the disaster with archaeologist, Nigel Jeffries, from the Museum of London Archaeology.

The Deptford Diaries

New music created especially in response to the exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, and performed by the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group.

The music has been written by emerging composers for the Daryl Runswick Composition Prize, and will be performed by a small orchestra. Enjoy a glass of wine in the café and tour the exhibition from 18.30.

A New Life of Charles II

Join Cambridge historian, Dr Clare Jackson, (The Stuarts, BBC Two) as she explores the life of one of the most instantly recognisable British kings, Charles II.

Only three years older than diarist, Samuel Pepys, learn how Charles also lived through some of the most striking events in British history.

Women’s History Month

Women Making Waves

To mark Women’s History Month, spend a weekend investigating the role of women in the traditionally male domain of exploration, through a series of talks, workshops, guided tours and children’s activities.

Easter Holiday Activities

Sea Food!

Fish and chips, scampi, cockles and mussels alive alive-oh! We get a lot of food from the sea, so get inspired and create your own fantastic pretend food.

Seaside Stand-Ins

Become a pirate, a mermaid, a monster or a captain as you make a full-size carnival-style backdrop. All that’s missing is your head!

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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