Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich Join us to discover the world's most epic exploration stories, from the sea to the stars. The National Maritime Museum was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1934 and opened to the public by King George VI on 27 April 1937.
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The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory), and in many other categories.

The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory), and in many other categories.

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🎉 Five days until we open! 🎉 Dating from the 13th century, this astrolabe was made by Mahmud ibn Shawka al-Baghdadi.An a...
12/05/2021

🎉 Five days until we open! 🎉 Dating from the 13th century, this astrolabe was made by Mahmud ibn Shawka al-Baghdadi.

An astrolabe is an astronomical instrument. It can be used to tell the time and measure the angles between objects in the sky.

Discover more at the Royal Observatory: http://bit.ly/royal-observatory

🎉 Five days until we open! 🎉 Dating from the 13th century, this astrolabe was made by Mahmud ibn Shawka al-Baghdadi.

An astrolabe is an astronomical instrument. It can be used to tell the time and measure the angles between objects in the sky.

Discover more at the Royal Observatory: http://bit.ly/royal-observatory

If you can't wait until 17 May, the Queen's House Dining Domes are the perfect spot to enjoy beautiful Greenwich and eat...
12/05/2021

If you can't wait until 17 May, the Queen's House Dining Domes are the perfect spot to enjoy beautiful Greenwich and eat delicious food semi-al fresco with friends and family-now extended until 6 June! https://bit.ly/3uADL6N

Our shops are open now at Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum (pictured). With a focus on exp...
11/05/2021

Our shops are open now at Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum (pictured).

With a focus on exploring the wonderful surroundings, we're stocked with toys and games to make the most of time spent outdoors this summer, including eco-friendly and plastic-free choices. So pop in today!

Every purchase supports the work of Royal Museums Greenwich.

Our shops are open now at Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum (pictured).

With a focus on exploring the wonderful surroundings, we're stocked with toys and games to make the most of time spent outdoors this summer, including eco-friendly and plastic-free choices. So pop in today!

Every purchase supports the work of Royal Museums Greenwich.

🎉 Six days until we open! 🎉 Come and see the Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House -the first self-supporting spiral stairs ...
11/05/2021

🎉 Six days until we open! 🎉 Come and see the Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House -the first self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. But, did you know that the stairs are thought to be haunted? A photograph taken in 1966 appears to show a group of ghosts on the staircase.

Have you visited the Queen’s House before?

Discover more: http://bit.ly/queens-house-rmg

🎉 Six days until we open! 🎉 Come and see the Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House -the first self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. But, did you know that the stairs are thought to be haunted? A photograph taken in 1966 appears to show a group of ghosts on the staircase.

Have you visited the Queen’s House before?

Discover more: http://bit.ly/queens-house-rmg

11/05/2021
Welcome Back

🚨It’s the final countdown! 🚨
We can’t wait to see you at Royal Museums Greenwich from 17 May.

We’ve teamed up with other London museums, galleries and cultural venues to say: 'Welcome Back'!

Here’s what to discover: http://bit.ly/royal-museums-greenwich-highlights

#LetsDoLondon

🎉 It’s seven days until we open! 🎉  Discover some of the wonders to see at our sites when we open on 17 May.This state b...
10/05/2021

🎉 It’s seven days until we open! 🎉 Discover some of the wonders to see at our sites when we open on 17 May.

This state barge was built for Frederick, Prince of Wales (the father of George III). It is gilded with 24 carat gold leaf and was first launched in 1732. It is on display at the National Maritime Museum.

🎉 It’s seven days until we open! 🎉 Discover some of the wonders to see at our sites when we open on 17 May.

This state barge was built for Frederick, Prince of Wales (the father of George III). It is gilded with 24 carat gold leaf and was first launched in 1732. It is on display at the National Maritime Museum.

We're setting up a new Peer Network for Young Adults (18-24) who have caring responsibilities for a family member living...
09/05/2021

We're setting up a new Peer Network for Young Adults (18-24) who have caring responsibilities for a family member living with dementia. Join us once a month for creative activities, respite and support.

Meet us for an online taster session on Wednesday 12 May at 6:30pm to find out more and shape the sessions to suit your needs: email us at [email protected].

We're setting up a new Peer Network for Young Adults (18-24) who have caring responsibilities for a family member living with dementia. Join us once a month for creative activities, respite and support.

Meet us for an online taster session on Wednesday 12 May at 6:30pm to find out more and shape the sessions to suit your needs: email us at [email protected].

Did you know the seasons on Mars last twice as long as they do on Earth? 🌸Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Elizabe...
08/05/2021

Did you know the seasons on Mars last twice as long as they do on Earth? 🌸

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Elizabeth Avery's new book will help children discover the planets in our Solar System, by using fascinating facts, quizzes, and did-you-know features.

Published on 13th May, pre-order yours today: bit.ly/RMGShopTheSolarSystem

Did you know the seasons on Mars last twice as long as they do on Earth? 🌸

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Elizabeth Avery's new book will help children discover the planets in our Solar System, by using fascinating facts, quizzes, and did-you-know features.

Published on 13th May, pre-order yours today: bit.ly/RMGShopTheSolarSystem

On this day in 1765, HMS Victory was launched. The ship cost £63,176 to build (over £50 million today). The oldest commi...
07/05/2021

On this day in 1765, HMS Victory was launched. The ship cost £63,176 to build (over £50 million today). The oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory was Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Discover more: http://bit.ly/hms-victory

On this day in 1765, HMS Victory was launched. The ship cost £63,176 to build (over £50 million today). The oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory was Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Discover more: http://bit.ly/hms-victory

The #QueensHouseDiningDomes are open!Not booked yet? Don't worry - due to popular demand the Domes are now extended unti...
07/05/2021

The #QueensHouseDiningDomes are open!

Not booked yet? Don't worry - due to popular demand the Domes are now extended until 6 June, so grab your friends and dine in the heart of Greenwich this spring.

Tables are available Thursday-Sunday and bank holiday Monday. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/FB-DiningDomes

The #QueensHouseDiningDomes are open!

Not booked yet? Don't worry - due to popular demand the Domes are now extended until 6 June, so grab your friends and dine in the heart of Greenwich this spring.

Tables are available Thursday-Sunday and bank holiday Monday. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/FB-DiningDomes

Can’t wait to get back to Greenwich? Before our museums reopen, why not try this walking tour of outdoor art installatio...
06/05/2021

Can’t wait to get back to Greenwich? Before our museums reopen, why not try this walking tour of outdoor art installations and sculpture in the Royal Borough, featuring artworks from our sites and Greenwich Park to works on The Line, London and The Peninsulist

Discover more: http://bit.ly/outdoor-art-greenwich

💫 Look out for the peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower during the early hours of May 6.Meteor showers are produced wh...
05/05/2021

💫 Look out for the peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower during the early hours of May 6.

Meteor showers are produced when the Earth passes through dusty debris left behind by comets, and sometimes asteroids, as they make their way through the Solar System.

For the best chance of spotting the shower, look towards the eastern sky.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/eta-aquariid-meteor-shower

📷: Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in Mount Bromo © Justin Ng

💫 Look out for the peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower during the early hours of May 6.

Meteor showers are produced when the Earth passes through dusty debris left behind by comets, and sometimes asteroids, as they make their way through the Solar System.

For the best chance of spotting the shower, look towards the eastern sky.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/eta-aquariid-meteor-shower

📷: Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in Mount Bromo © Justin Ng

On this day in 1766, fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne received H4 ⏱️ from the Board of Longitude so it could be t...
05/05/2021

On this day in 1766, fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne received H4 ⏱️ from the Board of Longitude so it could be tested at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

John Harrison's marine timekeeper H4 had already outperformed both Christopher Irwin’s marine chair and the latest version of the lunar tables of Tobias Mayer, on a trial at Barbados.

In his diary 📖 Maskelyne writes: ‘Monday May 5, 1766: I received it from the hands of Philip Stephens, Secretary of the Admiralty, locked up in a box sealed with three seals’. Maskelyne travelled by barge that, from 'White-Hall stairs carried us directly to Greenwich, and we walked up without delay to the Royal Observatory'.

Find out more about Harrison's remarkable timepieces and the history of his extraordinary #H4 that helped solve the problem of finding longitude at sea: http://bit.ly/JHclocks

On this day in 1766, fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne received H4 ⏱️ from the Board of Longitude so it could be tested at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

John Harrison's marine timekeeper H4 had already outperformed both Christopher Irwin’s marine chair and the latest version of the lunar tables of Tobias Mayer, on a trial at Barbados.

In his diary 📖 Maskelyne writes: ‘Monday May 5, 1766: I received it from the hands of Philip Stephens, Secretary of the Admiralty, locked up in a box sealed with three seals’. Maskelyne travelled by barge that, from 'White-Hall stairs carried us directly to Greenwich, and we walked up without delay to the Royal Observatory'.

Find out more about Harrison's remarkable timepieces and the history of his extraordinary #H4 that helped solve the problem of finding longitude at sea: http://bit.ly/JHclocks

04/05/2021
Exposure: Lives at Sea | Meet Jennifer Adler

“The motivation behind my work is to communicate science through images and help them come alive outside the pages of a peer-reviewed journal.”

Dive into the mesmerising world of underwater photo journalist, Jennifer Adler, navigating underwater worlds and sharing visual stories of science in conservation and the health of our oceans 🌊

See more of Jenny’s photography in our #LivesAtSea exhibition, from 17 May at the National Maritime Museum: https://bit.ly/Exposure-LivesAtSea

On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested at Greenwich Palace. She was taken to the Tower of London where she was im...
02/05/2021

On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested at Greenwich Palace. She was taken to the Tower of London where she was imprisoned and later executed.

This portrait of Anne was made by an unidentified artist in the late 16th century. See it up close in our upcoming exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits (opens 28 May): https://bit.ly/Tudors-Windsors

Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested at Greenwich Palace. She was taken to the Tower of London where she was imprisoned and later executed.

This portrait of Anne was made by an unidentified artist in the late 16th century. See it up close in our upcoming exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits (opens 28 May): https://bit.ly/Tudors-Windsors

Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

New In | Summer Clothing by Kite 🐳Dive into exciting new designs, just made for trips to the seaside. Some with UPF 50+ ...
01/05/2021

New In | Summer Clothing by Kite 🐳

Dive into exciting new designs, just made for trips to the seaside. Some with UPF 50+ protection, like the Octopus Sun Suit and hat, means having fun in the sun is not a worry!

Shop now: bit.ly/RMGShopChildrensClothing

May is set to be a great month for stargazers. Here’s what to see in the night sky:🔭 Constellations of Boötes, Corona Bo...
01/05/2021

May is set to be a great month for stargazers. Here’s what to see in the night sky:

🔭 Constellations of Boötes, Corona Borealis and Hercules
💫 Eta Aquariids meteor shower
🌕 Super Flower Moon

Discover more: http://bit.ly/night-sky-highlights-may-2021

📷 Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in Mount Bromo © Justin Ng

May is set to be a great month for stargazers. Here’s what to see in the night sky:

🔭 Constellations of Boötes, Corona Borealis and Hercules
💫 Eta Aquariids meteor shower
🌕 Super Flower Moon

Discover more: http://bit.ly/night-sky-highlights-may-2021

📷 Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in Mount Bromo © Justin Ng

Queen Mary II was born on this day in 1662. Mary commissioned Christopher Wren to design the Royal Hospital for Seamen, ...
30/04/2021

Queen Mary II was born on this day in 1662. Mary commissioned Christopher Wren to design the Royal Hospital for Seamen, now the Old Royal Naval College.

She insisted the view from the Queen's House to the River was not blocked by the new buildings. This view continues to the present day.

Read more about the royal family's links to Greenwich: http://bit.ly/Queen-MaryII

This photo, taken by Michael Collins during the #Apollo11 mission, shows all of humanity alive in 1969, except for the p...
29/04/2021

This photo, taken by Michael Collins during the #Apollo11 mission, shows all of humanity alive in 1969, except for the photographer himself.

What a legacy.

Michael Collins, 31 October 1930–28 April 2021.

http://bit.ly/Moon-MichaelCollins

This photo, taken by Michael Collins during the #Apollo11 mission, shows all of humanity alive in 1969, except for the photographer himself.

What a legacy.

Michael Collins, 31 October 1930–28 April 2021.

http://bit.ly/Moon-MichaelCollins

The blossom is out in Greenwich Park! Will you be visiting this weekend?Thanks to @ritafarhifinds on Instagram for this ...
29/04/2021

The blossom is out in Greenwich Park! Will you be visiting this weekend?

Thanks to @ritafarhifinds on Instagram for this beautiful photo 🌸

The blossom is out in Greenwich Park! Will you be visiting this weekend?

Thanks to @ritafarhifinds on Instagram for this beautiful photo 🌸

One month to go until our major exhibition opens to the public! Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑  Book tick...
28/04/2021

One month to go until our major exhibition opens to the public! Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑

Book tickets now: http://bit.ly/Tudors-Windsors

📷: Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding, hand coloured by Beatrice Johnson, 1952 ©
National Portrait Gallery #TudorsToWindsors

One month to go until our major exhibition opens to the public! Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑

Book tickets now: http://bit.ly/Tudors-Windsors

📷: Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding, hand coloured by Beatrice Johnson, 1952 ©
National Portrait Gallery #TudorsToWindsors

We're so impressed with all the photos of the Pink Supermoon you submitted earlier this week! Thanks to everyone who sha...
28/04/2021

We're so impressed with all the photos of the Pink Supermoon you submitted earlier this week! Thanks to everyone who shared their photos using #MySupermoon

Read all about the supermoon and see more images: https://bit.ly/pink-supermoon

Are you aged 16-24 and live or study in the Greenwich borough? Why not join our 2021 Youth Collective and be paid to co-...
26/04/2021

Are you aged 16-24 and live or study in the Greenwich borough? Why not join our 2021 Youth Collective and be paid to co-produce and deliver a summer museum take-over. Sign up today! rmg.co.uk/youthcollective Young Greenwich

Are you aged 16-24 and live or study in the Greenwich borough? Why not join our 2021 Youth Collective and be paid to co-produce and deliver a summer museum take-over. Sign up today! rmg.co.uk/youthcollective Young Greenwich

Look out tonight to see the pink supermoon! 🌕 Reaching its peak at 4:31am BST, April’s full moon is known as ‘Pink Moon’...
26/04/2021

Look out tonight to see the pink supermoon! 🌕 Reaching its peak at 4:31am BST, April’s full moon is known as ‘Pink Moon’ as it is named after a species of early blooming wildflower.

During a supermoon, the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon.

Share your pictures with us using the hashtag #MySupermoon.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/pink-supermoon

📷 The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and the New Born Rime © Hailong Qiu

Look out tonight to see the pink supermoon! 🌕 Reaching its peak at 4:31am BST, April’s full moon is known as ‘Pink Moon’ as it is named after a species of early blooming wildflower.

During a supermoon, the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon.

Share your pictures with us using the hashtag #MySupermoon.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/pink-supermoon

📷 The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and the New Born Rime © Hailong Qiu

Today is World Penguin Day! 🐧 These images were taken by James Francis Hurley, the official photographer on Sir Ernest S...
25/04/2021

Today is World Penguin Day! 🐧 These images were taken by James Francis Hurley, the official photographer on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917).

A pink supermoon will light up the night sky next week. 🌕  Rising on the night of 26/27 April, the full moon will reach ...
24/04/2021

A pink supermoon will light up the night sky next week. 🌕 Rising on the night of 26/27 April, the full moon will reach its peak at 4:31am BST. Share your pictures with us using the hashtag #MySupermoon.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/pink-supermoon
📷 The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and the New Born Rime © Hailong Qiu

A pink supermoon will light up the night sky next week. 🌕 Rising on the night of 26/27 April, the full moon will reach its peak at 4:31am BST. Share your pictures with us using the hashtag #MySupermoon.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/pink-supermoon
📷 The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and the New Born Rime © Hailong Qiu

New in | Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑Immerse yourself in royal history with the book which accompanies ...
24/04/2021

New in | Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑

Immerse yourself in royal history with the book which accompanies this year's exhibition. Featuring topics such as Royal Favourites, Royal Weddings, Satire, Royals at War, and Royal Fashion and Jewellery.

Available to buy now, every purchase supports the work of Royal Museums Greenwich: bit.ly/RMGShopTudorsToWindsorsBook

New in | Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 👑

Immerse yourself in royal history with the book which accompanies this year's exhibition. Featuring topics such as Royal Favourites, Royal Weddings, Satire, Royals at War, and Royal Fashion and Jewellery.

Available to buy now, every purchase supports the work of Royal Museums Greenwich: bit.ly/RMGShopTudorsToWindsorsBook

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An epic place of exploration

Join us to discover the world's most epic exploration stories, from the sea to the stars.

A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery.

All our attractions are located within London’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich.

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