This vast tourist attraction – National Maritime Museum – celebrates the maritime heritage of the island nation, as the sea has always played an important role in British history.
The exhibits include the first canoes made of hollow wood and leather, the first Elizabethan galleons and the modern cargo ships, passenger and warships. There are rooms devoted to trade and empire, to the expeditions of Captain Cook and others, and to the Napoleonic Wars.
One of the main pieces on display is the uniform that Lord Nelson wore when was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805: it is possible to see the bullet hole and blood stains. The Royal barges in the basement are also extraordinary, especially that built for the Prince Frederick in 1732, decorated with golden mermaids, shells, garlands and symbols of the Prince of Wales at the stern. It can be also seen in the museum, built in the 19th century as a school for the children of sailors, several models of ships carefully constructed and historical paintings.
Monday-Sunday from 10:00AM till 5:00PM
Free of charge
London SE10 9NF
Closest attractions: Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park.
Getting there:Greenwich and Maze Hill train stations and Cutty Stark DLR. Buses 53, 54, 177, 180, 188, 199, 202, 286, 380 and 386. Greenwich pier by boat.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8858 4422
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled access facilities;
- Audio guide;