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National Maritime Museum

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The National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Greenwich, England is the leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom the largest museum of its kind in the world. The historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, it also incorporates the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and 17th-century Queen's House.

Since earliest times Greenwich has had associations with the sea and navigation. It was a landing place for the Romans; Henry VIII lived here; the navy has roots on the waterfront; and Charles II founded the Royal Observatory in 1675 for "finding the longitude of places". The home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian since 1884, Greenwich has long been a centre for astronomical study, while navigators across the world have set their clocks according to its time of day.



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The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, instruments for time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory). Its British portraits collection is exceeded in size only by that of the National Portrait Gallery and its holdings relating to Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain James Cook, among many other individuals, are unrivalled.

It also has the world's largest maritime historical reference library (100,000 volumes) including books dating back to the 15th century. An active loans programme ensures that items from the collection are seen in the UK and abroad.

Opening Hours:

Open 7 days a week:

National Maritime Museum* Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Queen's House* Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Royal Observatory* Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

Free admission

Getting There:

The Museum is located in Greenwich, a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, local bus stops and Maze Hill and Greenwich stations. The Royal Observatory and Planetarium are in Greenwich Park.



Contact Details:

Romney Road, Greenwich
SE10 9NF
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8858 4422