The National Maritime Museum in the borough of Greenwich is one of the most important and exciting museums in all of London. Situated on Park Row in Greenwich Park near the River Thames, this historic building is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, a collection of local attractions that includes the Queen’s House and the famous clipper ship Cutty Sark.
The Greenwich Maritime Museum was officially established in 1934. It incorporates the main building as well as the Queen’s House and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Since its beginning, the museum’s aim has been to enrich our knowledge of maritime history in Britain and its effect on the rest of the world.
The National Maritime Museum is very family-friendly, with plenty of hands-on activities for kids, children’s workshops and buggy parking areas.
Greenwich has long been a centre for astronomical and maritime study, and the Maritime Museum reflects that in its collections. All in all, the sprawling building contains more than two million objects to see including paintings, 200-year-old relics and captain's uniforms worn by famous war heroes hundreds of years ago.
One of the main attractions is Battle of Trafalgar, a massive painting created by J.M.W. Turner in 1822. This masterpiece was commissioned by King George IV to decorate one of the reception rooms in St James’ Palace. With an impressive size of 2,615m by 3,685m, the Battle of Trafalgar is the largest painting Turner ever worked on.
Another highlight is the Great Map, a giant atlas at the centre of the museum that kids and adults alike can walk across and interact with to learn about pirates and expeditions.
Entrance to the museum is free for all, or £10.35 for entry to the special exhibition.
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Entry to National Maritime Museum
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