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.
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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.

Mission: To illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.

Operating as usual

19/09/2020
Ship's biscuit in our collections centre

Ship's biscuits were an important part of sailors' diet before the introduction of canned food. Weevils often stowed away in the biscuit and ate through them - and desperate sailors had to eat them: https://bit.ly/33Gi8pC

We're uncovering hidden treasures from our collections centre for this year's Heritage Open days. Keep an eye on our social media for exciting objects in our collection every day of this week.

Organise your time and space 🪐2021 calendar and desk diary featuring Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Ye...
19/09/2020

Organise your time and space 🪐

2021 calendar and desk diary featuring Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year photography are here!

Shop now: bit.ly/RMGShopAstrophotography

18/09/2020
Davy Jones's Locker in our collections

How was this painting of an underwater scene so accurate?

Painter William Lionel Wyllie went underwater using a diving helmet made from a biscuit tin: https://bit.ly/2RgcggR

We're uncovering hidden treasures from our collections centre for this year's Heritage Open days. Keep an eye on our social media for new old pieces of our collection every day of this week.

17/09/2020
Sugar bowl in our collections

This sugar bowl belonged to Horatio Nelson. Nelson spent a significant time in the Carribean and would have known how sugar was produced - by enslaved African labour: https://bit.ly/3bRrBhl

We're uncovering hidden treasures from our collections centre for this year's Heritage Open days. Keep an eye on our social media for new old pieces of our collection every day of this week.

17/09/2020
Episode 19: Hidden Nature

This week’s episode of Ships Sea and the Stars is part of Heritage Open Days, and its theme: Hidden Nature. Perhaps during lockdown you’ve noticed the natural world more, or perhaps you’ve always been a keen animal lover. Whatever it may be, it’s the natural world we’re focusing on this week, and all the places that you might not expect to find it.

PESTS. They may be small, but they can cause big problems in museum collections. And as it's #AskACurator day and we've ...
16/09/2020

PESTS. They may be small, but they can cause big problems in museum collections.

And as it's #AskACurator day and we've been behind the scenes all week, we're handing the mic to our experts to talk pesky pests: https://bit.ly/32jy9lT

15/09/2020
Oscar the Cat pastel in our collections

This pastel drawing by Georgina Shaw Baker is one of our favourite hidden treasures of our collections centre: https://bit.ly/2Rfa5Kr

We're uncovering hidden treasures from our collections centre for this year's Heritage Open days. Keep an eye on our social media for new old pieces of our collection every day of this week.

15/09/2020
#AstroPhoto2020

Tickets now on sale! Our awe-inspiring Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition opens on 23 October.

Explore the world's greatest space photography; from the dancing aurora to distant galaxies, these images capture the wonders of our Universe.

Pre-book your tickets today: rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

Is there life on Venus?Phosphine on Earth is mainly a product of life. Phosphine has now been discovered in clouds of Ve...
14/09/2020

Is there life on Venus?

Phosphine on Earth is mainly a product of life. Phosphine has now been discovered in clouds of Venus - which might point to life in its upper atmosphere.

Royal Observatory astronomer and co-author of the discovery Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder explains: https://bit.ly/2DR7JOR

14/09/2020
Hoddy-doddy in our collections

Is this a witch's cauldron in our collection? No! It's a 'hoddy-doddy' or whaling pot, used on whaling boats to melt blubber into fuel: https://bit.ly/2DPEWKx

We're uncovering hidden treasures from our collections centre for this year's Heritage Open days. Keep an eye on our social media for exciting objects in our collection every day of this week.

13/09/2020
Behind the scenes of our collections centre

This week, we're taking part in Heritage Open Days and taking you behind the scenes of our state-of-the-art collections centre, where all sorts of magic happens - from conservation of works of art to keeping pests off precious 18th century naval uniforms: https://bit.ly/2ZudKbR

These awe-inspiring images, and more, are now available to own 💫Get FREE UK delivery when you spend over £50.Shop now: b...
12/09/2020

These awe-inspiring images, and more, are now available to own 💫

Get FREE UK delivery when you spend over £50.

Shop now: bit.ly/RMGShopAstroPhotoPrints

11/09/2020
Episode 18: Stranded at Sea

This week we’re talking about being stranded at sea. An estimated 250,000 seafarers were stranded at sea when the pandemic hit and lockdowns started being put into place around the world. What is it like to be isolated at sea, both in history and today? And what has become of those seafarers, so key to cargo shipping, that were stuck at sea?

See all the winning photographs from the Insight Investment Astrophotographer of the Year awards in our winners gallery,...
11/09/2020
Overall Winners 2020

See all the winning photographs from the Insight Investment Astrophotographer of the Year awards in our winners gallery, including overall winner 'Andromeda at Arm's Length' by Nicolas Lefaudeux.

See all the winners: https://bit.ly/3hmx4hn

Buy the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 book An intriguing, highly original shot that captured the imagination of many of the judges right from the start. Jon Culshaw, comedian, impersonator and regular guest on The Sky at Night This image has certainly been my favourite i...

Andromeda Galaxy at Arm's Length © Nicolas Lefaudeux
10/09/2020

Andromeda Galaxy at Arm's Length © Nicolas Lefaudeux

Elizabeth Tudor was born at Greenwich Palace #OnThisDay in 1533 to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. A document was prepared i...
07/09/2020

Elizabeth Tudor was born at Greenwich Palace #OnThisDay in 1533 to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. A document was prepared in advance announcing the arrival of a new prince.

When Elizabeth was born, an 's' was quickly added to the word 'prince': https://bit.ly/2GvAuBC

07/09/2020
The National Maritime Museum is open

The National Maritime Museum is open!

From today, you can then explore the Museum's galleries at your own pace via our new one-way route that allows you to discover our epic stories of exploration and endeavour, from polar worlds to the Pacific.

Book your free visit: https://bit.ly/2VgtsVU

06/09/2020
All aboard!

Are you ready to return to the National Maritime Museum from Monday 7 September? We've made some changes to welcome you back!

Book your free ticket now: https://bit.ly/2VgtsVU

Get the new collection of this year's awe-inspiring astrophotography first! Pre-order exclusively with us to receive on ...
05/09/2020

Get the new collection of this year's awe-inspiring astrophotography first!

Pre-order exclusively with us to receive on 11 September (UK only), a week before its general release and the day after the winners are announced at the digital ceremony on 10 September.

Containing all 140 winners and shortlisted images: bit.ly/Collection9

What's up in the sky this month? @ROGAstronomers make their picks:🌕 5 - The Moon and Mars are close together✨ 11 - Neptu...
04/09/2020

What's up in the sky this month? @ROGAstronomers make their picks:

🌕 5 - The Moon and Mars are close together
✨ 11 - Neptune reaches opposition and will be at its brightest
🎆 17 - Enjoy dark skies and look at some deep sky objects

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3bjdQrq

04/09/2020

Watch the #astrophoto2020 Awards and explore epic stories behind the world’s best space photography. Who will be crowned the winner?

Pre-order this year's catalogue exclusively with us to receive on 11 September: https://bit.ly/330uLva

He is one of the most divisive figures of British history. But how did Oliver Cromwell die? #OnThisDay in 1658, aged 59,...
03/09/2020

He is one of the most divisive figures of British history. But how did Oliver Cromwell die?

#OnThisDay in 1658, aged 59, Cromwell died due to complications relating to malaria and kidney stone disease: https://bit.ly/3gMx1uY

The Great Fire of London began #OnThisDay in 1666; on Pudding Lane, the Farynor family woke to smoke coming from their b...
02/09/2020

The Great Fire of London began #OnThisDay in 1666; on Pudding Lane, the Farynor family woke to smoke coming from their bakery.

It burned day and night for almost 4 days until a tiny fraction of the City remained: https://bit.ly/2DnGIT5

Image: London before the Fire

Fascinated by space? Inspired by dark skies? Look Up is an enlightening introduction to the importance of space, for eve...
02/09/2020
WIN a two night stay at The Windmill Suffolk with Look Up! - HQ Stories

Fascinated by space? Inspired by dark skies?

Look Up is an enlightening introduction to the importance of space, for everyone. Coming 17 September, pre-order for your chance to win a luxury break, with two lucky runners-up winning tickets to the Royal Observatory.

bit.ly/LookUpCompetition

Pre-order your copy of Look Up by Sarah Cruddas to be in with a chance of winning a starry prize! Read the post to find out how to enter.

#OnThisDay in 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was found approximately 2.5 miles below the Atlantic by a joint French/USA ...
01/09/2020

#OnThisDay in 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was found approximately 2.5 miles below the Atlantic by a joint French/USA expedition.

Remarkably, objects survived the icy waters and made it to our collection. Discover them all, from a toy pig to a whistle: https://bit.ly/2ygzL3j

Elizabeth I was constantly aware of how she performed her gender. Her virginal pearls are an obvious symbol, but what ot...
30/08/2020

Elizabeth I was constantly aware of how she performed her gender.

Her virginal pearls are an obvious symbol, but what other objects in the Armada portrait have a gendered significance? https://bit.ly/3gARv9O

This bank holiday weekend, spend over £50 and get free UK delivery as standard, and free worldwide delivery until Monday...
29/08/2020

This bank holiday weekend, spend over £50 and get free UK delivery as standard, and free worldwide delivery until Monday: shop.rmg.co.uk

27/08/2020
Episode 16: How to find your way

Google Maps. GPS. Sat nav. Can you remember the last time you didn't use one of these to find your way? In this episode, we're exploring the story of navigation, from maps to satellite technology. But this isn't just a story of gadgets - it's also about the ways we use them. Find out how refugees forced to flee their countries are using remarkable navigational tools to find their way to safety.

Artist George Stubbs was born on this day in 1724.You have probably seen his wonderful famous horse paintings, but did y...
25/08/2020

Artist George Stubbs was born on this day in 1724.

You have probably seen his wonderful famous horse paintings, but did you know he was commissioned to produce two unique paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo using the sketches, animal skins and descriptions brought back from James Cook's first Pacific voyage? https://bit.ly/34xbcwU

New in! The London Underground map as you've never seen it before! 🚇Created by the Astronomy team at Royal Observatory G...
22/08/2020

New in! The London Underground map as you've never seen it before! 🚇

Created by the Astronomy team at Royal Observatory Greenwich in collaboration with Transport for London, and the London Transport Museum.

Shop our exclusive collection of products, perfect for stargazers: bit.ly/NightSkyUndergroundMap

Until the 1730s, London dominated the British trade in enslaved people. It continued to send ships to West Africa until ...
22/08/2020

Until the 1730s, London dominated the British trade in enslaved people. It continued to send ships to West Africa until the end of the trade in 1807.

Learn more about London's role and the abolitionist campaigns: https://bit.ly/2EkJxEB

20/08/2020
Episode 15: Small acts of rebellion

We’re feeling a little rebellious this week. Maybe it's because it’s summer, and we’re all in need of a little escape from reality. Or maybe it's because the Queen’s House has reopened: the beautiful art gallery is often home to Royal Museums Greenwich’s more radical projects...

In this episode, we’re going to talk about the little acts of transgression that make us human, from historic graffiti to spoken word and speaking your mind.

It’s been a while, but we're excited to announce that the National Maritime Museum is reopening on Monday 7 September!Ex...
20/08/2020

It’s been a while, but we're excited to announce that the National Maritime Museum is reopening on Monday 7 September!

Explore the Museum's galleries at your own pace via our new one-way route.

Book your free timed entry slot online in advance - we can't wait to see you: https://bit.ly/2VgtsVU

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Park Row
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SE10 9NF

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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/

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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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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