October Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Highlights this month include our special series of events commemorating Trafalgar Day and Halloween activities for children and adults.

A full programme of events for children and adult visitors to the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum.

The Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment from 27 July 2015 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


Bring along your little sailors to our 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.

Halloween Events

Ghost Ship

AHOY! has been taken over by ghosts, ghouls and sea monsters! Come in your best fancy dress and join us for a day of family fun and frights. Win prizes, take part in spooky activities and listen to scary maritime stories.

Voyage of the Damned

This Halloween, as part of the annual Museums at Night celebration, come and investigate tales of death and destruction; take part in candlelit tours of the exhibits; and watch our curators on the gang plank.

Autumn Half-Term

Here be dragons

The sea is a strange and scary place. Learn about the world’s oceans and create incredible monsters from myth and legend in this special workshop.

Frightening Faces

Use the Museum’s weird and wonderful watery objects to inspire you to create amazing masks to petrify your friends!

Maritime Lecture Series: Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

29 October–3 December (Thursdays)

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, opening at the National Maritime Museum on 20 November 2015, will be the largest ever exhibition about the famous diarist with 200 objects from national and international museums, galleries and private collections.

In this lecture series, esteemed academics cover a range of topics surrounding Pepys, from mapmaking and beauty spots to what influenced him to keep a diary.

Samuel Pepys and the Stuart Age

In the first of our lecture series, Dr Clare Jackson (The Stuarts, BBC Two) introduces the tumultuous times Samuel Pepys lived through, in which he experienced civil war, regicide, republicanism, restoration and revolution.

Adult Events

Cut-Out Collage Poetry Workshop

Join us in the Re·Think space to make collage poems inspired by text and images from the Museum’s Caird Library.

Curator’s Tours

Explore the Museum’s astounding collection of maritime objects in depth in a tour led by one of our curators.

In Nelson’s Wake

Join Dr James Davey, Curator of Naval History, for the launch of his new book, In Nelson’s Wake, in which he traces the numerous roles played by the Navy between 1803 and 1815.

From battles and blockades to reckless officers and courageous sailors, he shows how the Navy helped shape British history.

Trafalgar Day

To commemorate the famous battle at which Lord Nelson was wounded and killed, join our curators as they give ‘live’ updates of the battle throughout the day. These will be followed by short talks around the experience of ordinary sailors; the representation of the battle in art; the relationship between Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton; and a reading of Nelson’s last diary entry and prayer.

Nelson’s Navy

Take a guided tour through letters and journals written by men in Nelson’s navy to their families back home and discover what life was like inside Britain’s wooden walls.

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 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

Find out more about Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution