April Family Events at the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, Greenwich

Celebrate the opening of Against Captain’s Orders and our new children’s gallery, Ahoy! with our half–term activities.

A full programme of events for children and family visitors to the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.

For the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark events, please contact the Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office on 020 8312 6667/ 6545/ 6790.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted will take audience members on the adventure of a lifetime through the National Maritime Museum’s extraordinary collection of maritime artefacts.

With so much history secured in one museum: so many objects, so many stories, so many doorways to other times and other worlds, who knows who or what will turn up on this exciting journey.

Exhilarating, enlightening and perhaps just a tiny bit dangerous, this is a theatrical expedition through the Museum, the likes of which have never been seen before.


Bring along your little sailors to our new gallery dedicated to our younger visitors. Board a pirate ship, stoke the fire of a steamship, navigate an ice-breaker, and more, all under one roof.

Half-Term Holiday Events – Into the Unknown

Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April | Monday 6 - Friday 10 April 

To celebrate the opening of AHOY!, an exciting new interactive gallery and Against Captain’s Orders, a unique theatrical journey into the Museum’s collection, take part in a range of activities that will take you on your greatest adventure.

Mutinous Memories

How will you go against the Captain’s orders? Create the tools needed for your adventure and capture the moment with a mutinous selfie.

Play Tuesdays: AHOY!

Explore our new children’s gallery, AHOY! in a fun-filled session designed for families to enjoy together.

Uncharted Adventures

Do you have what it takes to venture into the unknown? Explore the Great Map and chart your voyage of discovery, but beware of sea monsters lurking in the deep...

Meet a Female Pirate

Come along and learn how to be a really fierce pirate. You may be surprised to find out that not all pirates had one leg, a parrot and that not all of them were men.

Neptune: King of the Seas

Meet King Neptune, ruler of the waves, and hear his incredible stories about how far sailors went to try and win his favour for a safe voyage across the sea.

Aqua Incognita

How did mapmakers fill in the blanks on their maps? Come and search for sea monsters in our collection of rare maps and atlases.

Think Space Lectures

Find out about the latest research and developments in astrophysics with our Think Space Lectures. No prior knowledge is required, just a healthy dose of curiosity.

Weekly 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 a magical new 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.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House 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 and Queen’s House 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 442.


For further information or images please contact:

Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office | Tel: 020 8312 6667/6545 | 07960 509 802 | Email: press@rmg.co.uk