October 2016 Events at the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, Greenwich

Celebrate the re-opening of the newly restored Queen’s House for its 400th anniversary; learn about the events of Trafalgar Day through ‘live’ updates and talks by curators; and solve the Mystery at the Museum at this adult-only late for Museums at Night.

Children and adult visitors will find a full programme of events at the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum.

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

The Queen’s House Re-Opening

The Queen’s House, the jewel in Greenwich’s crown, reopens to celebrate its 400th anniversary this October, after over a year of extensive refurbishment.

Designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones for James I's wife, Anne of Denmark, the Queen’s House is Britain’s first classical building and a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. The newly-reopened House will showcase new displays, including over 450 works of art from the National Maritime Museum’s art collections.

Focusing on the people and events key to the building's creation and history, the collection also reflects its significance today. Highlights include the beautifully restored Tulip Stairs, which in turn have inspired a spectacular new art commission on the ceiling of the Great Hall by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.

Date: From 11 October 2016 | Time: 10.00–17.00 | Admission: Free

Special Events

Trafalgar Day

To commemorate the famous Battle of Trafalgar at which Admiral Lord Nelson was wounded and killed, join our curators as they give ‘live’ updates of the battle throughout the day.

Learn about the experience of ordinary sailors and the representation of the battle in art through short talks and tours around the Museum. Finally, give remembrance during a reading of Nelson’s last diary entry and prayer.

Date: 21 October 2016 | Time: 12.00–16.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for all ages

Museums at Night: Mystery at the Museum Late

Something spooky is afoot at the National Maritime Museum; its Director has disappeared along with one of the Museum’s most precious objects!

If you think you can handle the Museum after hours, grab a tot of rum to steady your nerves, and help us solve the mystery.

Date: 29 October 2016 | Time: 18.30–22.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: £15 adult | Age: 18+

Maritime Lecture Series: Totally Thames Festival

This special Maritime Lecture Series led by archaeologists and curators continues into October, uncovering the river Thames’s rich history, from Roman ports to recent archaeological digs.

Roman and Medieval Waterfronts: Recent Excavations at Sugar Quay, London

The quay has been at the centre of the port of London since the late 1st century AD. From Roman beginnings, the site later became the location of a custom house in the medieval period. Major excavations by MOLA on the Thames waterfront have revealed new information about this multi-phase site. This lecture is led by Sadie Watson from Museum of London Archaeology.

Date: 6 October 2016

Special Family Events

Things that go splash in the night!

This Halloween, discover deep ocean noises; create creatures that sing strange sounds; and learn about sea shanties.

Make your very own shipwrecked musical instruments and gather around to hear Madame Swashbuckle’s ghostly tales of watery goings on in a puppet-filled frightfest.

Date: 24–29 October 2016 | Time: Times vary | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free |Age: Suitable for all ages

Halloween: Bermuda Triangle

Build your own frankenbeast; explore an alien ocean; and meet a monster hunter with a dangerous secret mission at this sci-fi themed day of family fun.

Ghouls, ghosts, and pirates of all ages are welcome for this freaky festival of fun!

Date: 30 October 2016 | Time: 11.00–16.00 |Venue: National Maritime Museum |Admission: £10 adult, £6 child | Age: Suitable for all ages

All at Sea: Mental Health Awareness Day

Join us for a day of drop-in activities exploring emotions at sea and on land. From homesickness and cabin fever, to the camaraderie of a happy crew, discover what seafarers can teach us about wellbeing.

Date: 10 October 2016 | Time: 11.00–15.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for all ages

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. 

The National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, 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.

General admission to National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House are 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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