August 2016 Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Highlights include a last chance to see Above and Beyond; a fearsome Pirate Takeover at the National Maritime Museum and on board Cutty Sark; and a classic film at the Nomad Open Air Cinema at the Queen’s House.

Children and adult visitors will find a full programme of events at 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 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. Don’t miss the last chance to see this inspiring exhibition.

Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle

As part of the National Maritime Museum’s commemoration of World War One, this 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 it; 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

The Nomad Open Air Cinema at the Queen’s House

This summer the Nomad Cinema pops up on the picturesque lawns of the Queen’s House. Ahead of the screenings, bring a picnic and enjoy an August sunset while listening to Royal Museums Greenwich’s choir-in-residence, the London Oriana Choir.

Orlando (1992)

Tilda Swinton stars as the androgynous Orlando in 16th-century London, in this film based on Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: a Biography.

Commanded by Elizabeth I to never grow old, the film follows Orlando through centuries of British history as he experiences several lives, loves and gender-swaps along the way.

Date: 11 August 2016 | Time: Gates open 19.15 | Venue: Queen’s House Lawns | Admission: £20.00-£35.00 (book via | Age: PG

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Directed by Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst is Marie Antoinette in this tale of the rise and very dramatic fall of the wife of Louis XVI and the French monarchy, in the midst of the French Revolution.

Date: 12 August 2016 | Time: Gates open 19.15 | Venue: Queen’s House Lawns | Admission: £20.00-£35.00 (book via | Age: 12A

How did Stubbs Paint the Dingo?

Until now, no one knew exactly how George Stubbs used wax to create his painting of a dingo. Based on exciting new research, this talk reveals the rare techniques he used to paint this famous work.

International Slavery Remembrance Day

The Haitian Revolution on 23 August 1791 was a major event in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Join us for a day of reflection and commemoration with talks, music and family activities exploring the experiences and hidden histories surrounding the trade in human lives.

We will observe these lost lives in a commemorative ceremony along the river Thames from 15.00.

Summer Holiday Events

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.

Pirate Takeover

Oh no, pirates have taken over Greenwich! Join us for a day of fearsome pirate activities, jaunty songs and hair-raising stories.

American Encounter!

Travel across the sea and back in time to when Europeans and Native Americans first met. Take part in performances and make gliding birds from Native American myth and legend.

Pacific Quest!

Fly to the beautiful Pacific islands and hear about the stories and traditions of the people that live there. Learn about their death-defying journeys across the seas and build a flyable Māori kite.

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 later in the year.

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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