Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich Join us to discover the world's most epic exploration stories, from the sea to the stars. Based in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we look after the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, Queen's House and London's Planetarium.
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. 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.

Grab your free tickets now for our Heritage Open Days event on 20 and 21 September. Explore behind-the-scenes with our c...
29/07/2019

Grab your free tickets now for our Heritage Open Days event on 20 and 21 September. Explore behind-the-scenes with our collection and conservation team: http://bit.ly/HOD-PPMCC

"An impressive yet low-cost piece of space-themed art at home" London Evening Standard's Best Moon landing gift guide fe...
28/07/2019

"An impressive yet low-cost piece of space-themed art at home"

London Evening Standard's Best Moon landing gift guide featured several RMG Shop items from our newest range. Read the full list or shop for your own Moon prints now.

bit.ly/ESBestMoonGifts
bit.ly/RMGShopMoonPrints

The Delta Aquariids kick off the summer meteor shower season and you can watch their peak tonight - catch them from 2am ...
28/07/2019

The Delta Aquariids kick off the summer meteor shower season and you can watch their peak tonight - catch them from 2am above the southern horizon!

Here are our best tips for seeing them: http://bit.ly/DeltaAquariid

Ever wondered what goes on in those old RAF stores in Kidbrooke? Our collections centre will be open during this year's ...
27/07/2019

Ever wondered what goes on in those old RAF stores in Kidbrooke? Our collections centre will be open during this year's Heritage Open Days.

Get your free tickets next week: http://bit.ly/PPMCC-RMG

27/07/2019
150 Years of Cutty Sark

When Cutty Sark was originally built, the ship was only meant to last 30 years…

150 years on, watch the full video to find out how we are preserving the world’s fastest tea clipper for future generations: rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark-150

On 24 July in 1797, Lord Nelson was wounded in action at Santa Cruz de Tenerife and his right arm was amputated. ‘I am...
24/07/2019

On 24 July in 1797, Lord Nelson was wounded in action at Santa Cruz de Tenerife and his right arm was amputated. ‘I am become a burden to my friends and useless to my Country,’ he wrote using his left hand for the first time.

From the Caird Library archive (PAR/251/1)

24/07/2019
Orrery in Moon exhibition

An orrery is a model of the Solar System. This toy was a fashionable accessory for families during the early 19th century.

See it at our Moon exhibition and check out the full video: rmg.co.uk/moon50

The Moon has arrived at the Museum and we're greeting it with our MoonFest! This Friday, 26 July from 7pm, visit the dar...
23/07/2019

The Moon has arrived at the Museum and we're greeting it with our MoonFest!

This Friday, 26 July from 7pm, visit the dark side of the Moon with VR, watch amazing young artists, enjoy an out-of-this-world fashion show and get your face turned into art! 🌚🌝 http://bit.ly/Youngmoonfest

Join us with your toddler under Cutty Sark for stories, songs and free play over the summer holidays from 10-11am.
23/07/2019
Toddler Time on board Cutty Sark

Join us with your toddler under Cutty Sark for stories, songs and free play over the summer holidays from 10-11am.

Bring your little sailors along for songs, stories and playtime.

22/07/2019

🔭🌖 James Nasmyth designed his telescope - one of the biggest at the time - to have a turntable with a built-in seat. This meant he could direct it anywhere in the sky without getting up.

See it at our #Moon50 exhibition: rmg.co.uk/moon50

On loan from Science Museum

Totally Thames is back, filling the Thames to the brim with spectacular art, events, races, workshops, walks, exhibition...
20/07/2019
Totally Thames is back with a splash with their programme announcement to bring the Thames to life this September

Totally Thames is back, filling the Thames to the brim with spectacular art, events, races, workshops, walks, exhibitions and more. Including the chance to make your own ship to add to our amazing flotilla under Cutty Sark! Check out their awe-inspiring programme bit.ly/totallythames2019

Totally Thames is back with a splash with their programme announcement to bring the Thames to life this September

The Moon Exhibition Shop is stocked and ready to welcome you this weekend 🌝🛍The full range is also online now, and...
20/07/2019

The Moon Exhibition Shop is stocked and ready to welcome you this weekend 🌝🛍

The full range is also online now, and available to ship worldwide 🌍 bit.ly/TheMoonShop

19/07/2019
The Moon trailer

Our Moon exhibition is now open! From the Space Race to science fiction, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with our major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

Book your tickets now: rmg.co.uk/moon50

'10, 9, ignition sequence start, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. All engines running. Liftoff! We have a liftoff!' On this day i...
16/07/2019

'10, 9, ignition sequence start, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. All engines running. Liftoff! We have a liftoff!'

On this day in 1969, NASA announced that the crew of Apollo 11 successfully blasted off from Cape Kennedy http://bit.ly/Moon50exhibition

Visionary architect Inigo Jones was born on 15 July 1573. He designed the Queen' s House, the first truly classical buil...
15/07/2019

Visionary architect Inigo Jones was born on 15 July 1573. He designed the Queen' s House, the first truly classical building in England.

Read more: http://bit.ly/InigoJonesQHG

14/07/2019
John Russell's Moon pastel

John Russell’s pastel was one of the most accurate depictions of the Moon before the invention of photography. How do our conservators look after such a fragile object? Watch the full film: rmg.co.uk/moon50

Supercharge your study of the Moon before the partial lunar eclipse next week 📚 Our range of Moon books includes new ...
14/07/2019

Supercharge your study of the Moon before the partial lunar eclipse next week 📚

Our range of Moon books includes new titles as well as practical guides published by the Royal Observatory. bit.ly/RMGShopMoonBooks

In an era when anyone can turn on their computer and spin around the Moon via Google Maps, the hand-drawn dedication of ...
12/07/2019
Mapping the Moon: the story of the Wilkins Moon map

In an era when anyone can turn on their computer and spin around the Moon via Google Maps, the hand-drawn dedication of the Wilkins Moon map feels almost otherworldly.

Find out more about the story of its creation with Dr Megan Barford, Curator of Cartography, in our newest blogpost: http://bit.ly/MoonMapped

The first thing that strikes you about Hugh Percy Wilkins’s Map of the Moon is the detail.

Aged 11-15? Join us for this creative architecture workshop with RIBA aboard Cutty Sark. We'll explore our relationship ...
11/07/2019

Aged 11-15? Join us for this creative architecture workshop with RIBA aboard Cutty Sark.

We'll explore our relationship with water, how we can adapt to new climates, and how this might affect the design of our future cities: http://bit.ly/RIBAatCS

Can you help out with an object on display at our Moon exhibition? The Diplomatic Moon rock went on tour across the UK i...
10/07/2019

Can you help out with an object on display at our Moon exhibition?

The Diplomatic Moon rock went on tour across the UK in the 1970s. If you were one of the luck ones to see it , we would love to hear your story: http://bit.ly/Moonrock-memories

10/07/2019
Partial lunar eclipse live

Watch the incredible partial lunar eclipse live from telescopes at the Royal Observatory during our Space Live on 16 July. Comment below with your questions and our astronomers will answer them during the stream.

Find out more about the lunar eclipse: www.rmg.co.uk/lunar

What can you see in the sky this July? 🌌 9 July: Saturn reaches opposition and is at its brightest☀️🌍🌕 16 J...
08/07/2019

What can you see in the sky this July?
🌌 9 July: Saturn reaches opposition and is at its brightest
☀️🌍🌕 16 July: the partial lunar eclipse
☄️ 28/29 July: the Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaks

Tips on how to see all of these: http://bit.ly/NightSkyJuly19

It's World Chocolate Day and we are chomping on a chocolate bar as we post!In a postcard from the Caird Library, dated 1...
07/07/2019

It's World Chocolate Day and we are chomping on a chocolate bar as we post!

In a postcard from the Caird Library, dated 12 November 1909, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton describes chocolate as ‘indispensable’ in the Polar Regions. Can't say we disagree!

New Moon to Full Moon and everything in between - be ready for any lunar phase with our new T-shirt and tote bag.  Find ...
07/07/2019

New Moon to Full Moon and everything in between - be ready for any lunar phase with our new T-shirt and tote bag.

Find them exclusively at our shop: bit.ly/RMGShopMoonExclusives

On 8 July 1819, naval officer and explorer Francis Leopold McClintock was born. Commander of the Fox, he voyaged to the ...
07/07/2019

On 8 July 1819, naval officer and explorer Francis Leopold McClintock was born. Commander of the Fox, he voyaged to the Canadian Arctic in search of Franklin's lost ships, Erebus and Terror.

See the ship's bell and learn more about the Franklin expedition in Polar Worlds rmg.co.uk/polarworlds

06/07/2019
Map of the Moon

Made of 25 sheets of paper, this map by Hugh Percy Wilkins was one of the 20th century's most detailed depictions of the Moon. It was even bought by NASA to help plan the Apollo landing!

How do we display it for the Moon exhibition? rmg.co.uk/moon50

We’re proud to be marching with other museums at London Pride today, representing LGBTQ+ people past, present and futu...
06/07/2019

We’re proud to be marching with other museums at London Pride today, representing LGBTQ+ people past, present and future. Give us a wave if you see us – and happy Pride!

Happy 4th of July! Did you know that we have a copy of the Declaration of Independence in our archives at the National M...
04/07/2019

Happy 4th of July! Did you know that we have a copy of the Declaration of Independence in our archives at the National Maritime Museum? It was one of the first reports of American independence to reach Britain: bit.ly/US4July

Royal Museums Greenwich's cover photo
01/07/2019

Royal Museums Greenwich's cover photo

The Moon: A Celebration of our Celestial Neighbour is now published! Those of you who have pre-ordered your copy should ...
30/06/2019

The Moon: A Celebration of our Celestial Neighbour is now published!

Those of you who have pre-ordered your copy should be receiving your books very soon. We hope you enjoy! If you would like to own this beautiful book full of contemporary essays and fascinating images too, visit The Moon Exhibition Shop: bit.ly/TheMoonShop

Why was Apollo called Apollo? A call sign is a label given to a vehicle, mission or person in internal comms during miss...
29/06/2019

Why was Apollo called Apollo? A call sign is a label given to a vehicle, mission or person in internal comms during missions to space.

Take a look at some of the famous call signs for manned spaceflights, from Project Gemini to the Apollo programme: http://bit.ly/CallSignsRMG

Climb aboard the ship for a comedy double-bill from critically acclaimed Joel Dommett and Joanne McNally this Sunday 30 ...
29/06/2019
Pre-Edinburgh Comedy | Joel Dommett & Joanne McNally

Climb aboard the ship for a comedy double-bill from critically acclaimed Joel Dommett and Joanne McNally this Sunday 30 July. Book your tickets and have a laugh: http://bit.ly/JoelDommettJoanneMcNally

A raft of the best comedians in the country jump aboard Cutty Sark to preview their shows before they head to Edinburgh. See these big names and soon-to-be-stars just days before they appear at the festival. Belly laughs guaranteed.

Climb aboard the ship for a comedy work-in-progress double-bill from two critically acclaimed comedians.

Happy LGBT History Month from Royal Museums Greenwich. Look out for upcoming events celebrating all things LGBTQ+ rmg.co...
28/06/2019

Happy LGBT History Month from Royal Museums Greenwich.

Look out for upcoming events celebrating all things LGBTQ+ rmg.co.uk/lgbt

The last episode of BBC Two's The Planets journeyed to the remotest part of the Solar System. Neptune is the furthest pl...
26/06/2019

The last episode of BBC Two's The Planets journeyed to the remotest part of the Solar System. Neptune is the furthest planet from the Sun and orbits it every 165 years: http://bit.ly/NeptuneRMG

'I have much pleasure in declaring the vessel open to the public'On 25 June 1957, HM The Queen visited Cutty Sark to off...
25/06/2019

'I have much pleasure in declaring the vessel open to the public'

On 25 June 1957, HM The Queen visited Cutty Sark to officially open the ship to the public after a major restoration project: http://bit.ly/QueenCuttySark

It’s less than a week until our beautiful supporting book to The Moon exhibition is released. Secure your copy: bit.ly...
23/06/2019

It’s less than a week until our beautiful supporting book to The Moon exhibition is released. Secure your copy: bit.ly/TheMoonPre-order

The Moon: A celebration of our celestial neighbour explores people’s fascination with our only natural satellite. Immerse yourself in contemporary essays and fascinating images wrapped in a sleek design.

Edited by the exhibition’s curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Megan Barford, Louise Devoy and Richard Dunn, this book illuminates how art and science meet in our profound connection with the Moon.

'A dog, but a sailor at heart.' Did you know Just Nuisance was the only dog to have ever enlisted in the Royal Navy? He ...
22/06/2019

'A dog, but a sailor at heart.'

Did you know Just Nuisance was the only dog to have ever enlisted in the Royal Navy? He served for 5 years until his death in 1944 and was buried with full military honours.

Photos from the Caird Library (LIS/15/4)

Did you know that the summer solstice is not a day but in fact a moment in time? The exact moment that the northern hemi...
21/06/2019

Did you know that the summer solstice is not a day but in fact a moment in time? The exact moment that the northern hemisphere is most tilted towards the Sun, we experience summer solstice - which is right now, at 3.54pm GMT (4.54pm BST) on 21 June: http://bit.ly/equinoxandsolstice

With all this wet weather we've been enduring, this invention from our Caird Library collection might be helpful! Design...
19/06/2019

With all this wet weather we've been enduring, this invention from our Caird Library collection might be helpful! Designed by Royal Navy lieutenant Peter Halkett, the 'boat-cloak' was tested on the Thames in 1844 and successfully travelled over 9 miles without taking on any water. Genius!

On 16 June 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched on a solo mission aboard the shuttle Vostok 6. She s...
16/06/2019

On 16 June 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched on a solo mission aboard the shuttle Vostok 6. She spent more than 70 hours orbiting the Earth and became the first woman in space: http://bit.ly/VTereshkovaRMG

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Open daily: 10.00–17.00 Last admission to the site is at 16.30 Admission FREE - Admission charges may apply to some special exhibitions and events. http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/ Part of Royal Museums Greenwich http://www.rmg.co.uk/

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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