July 2016 Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Enjoy the Festival of British Archaeology with a foreshore walk; join in the Giant Nursery Rhymeathon for singing, rhyming and storytelling; or go on a Polar voyage to celebrate Above and Beyond

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 later in the year. 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 Events

Above and Beyond

Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, Above and Beyond is a ground-breaking new exhibition about the wonders of flight and mankind’s remarkable journey to space.

Created in collaboration with NASA, this exhibition hopes to inspire the next wave of engineers, pilots and astronauts by taking visitors on an exciting journey through the past, present and future of aerospace in the most interactive exhibition on the subject ever to tour.

Packed full with immersive simulations, interactive design challenges and visionary concepts for the future, you can learn how to fly like a bird with Spread Your Wings, take an Elevator to Space and enjoy the view of Earth from above, or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet.

Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle

As part of the National Maritime Museum’s commemoration of World War One, this new exhibition marks the centenary of the largest naval battle of the conflict – the Battle of Jutland.

Involving a total of 279 ships on 31 May 1916, the North Sea bore witness to ‘Der Tag’, a major clash between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet. Both sides suffered heavy losses in ships and men, but despite being the biggest naval surface engagement to date Jutland was one of the most keenly-felt disappointments of the war, with neither side achieving a decisive victory.

Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle takes visitors through the lead-up to the battle, the action during, and also uncovers stories of the aftermath, from the incredibly personal accounts of the sailors and their families, to the broader views of the nations and navies on either side of the conflict.

Special Events

Giant Nursery Rhymeathon

Join the Rhymeathon team and spend a morning singing, rhyming and telling stories with us. For this anniversary year expect a visit from the big blue bear plus more surprises.

Date: 15 July 2016 | Time: 10.30-12.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for under 5s

Polar Voyage!

Hop aboard RMG Airlines for the journey of a lifetime as we celebrate our Above and Beyond exhibition. Follow in the snowy footsteps of arctic explorers as you head to the North Pole. Whilst you’re there, discover Inuit myths and legends and create your own Inuit launcher.

Festival of British Archaeology: Foreshore Walks and Talks

As part of the 2016 Festival of British Archaeology, we are working with Thames Discovery Programme to deliver a series of foreshore walking tours followed by a short talk at the National Maritime Museum. Each of these events will require a valid travel pass for travel between the walk sites and the Museum. Times may change according to the tides. Please note that because the foreshore can very soft in places and very rocky in others, the foreshore walks are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Timbers in the tides: Rotherhithe to Bermondsey

In between taking in 18th-century warship timbers on this tour, visitors will encounter further nautical remains, World War II bomb damage, evidence of Medieval activity and, if lucky, prehistoric deposits. Afterwards, join us at the National Maritime Museum for a short talk looking at the construction of such ships from Assistant Curator, Nick Ball.

Customising London: Custom House and the Port of London

What do structures such as causeways, gridirons, wharves and the river wall itself reveal about how London has changed from the Roman period onwards? This foreshore walk takes in these sites as well as two vessels abandoned and damaged following World War II, before heading back to the Museum for a talk. Here you will find out what our collection of maps and charts can also reveal about the changing landscape of London’s river.

Burrells Wharf and SS Great Eastern

This strenuous walk over rocky terrain will examine the launch site of Brunel’s great ship and look into the reasons why it took two months to get the leviathan into the water. Along the way we will see other slipways and possibly both eel traps and the remains of a ship, while the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Dockyards at Deptford provide a backdrop on the opposite bank of the river.

Weekly Family Events

Character encounters

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 Summer 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.


For further information or images please contact: Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office Tel: 020 8312 6789/6545/6790 | 07960 509802 | Email: press@rmg.co.uk