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National Maritime Museum, London

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Discover British history, art, and science related to the sea at National Maritime Museum. View portraits of leading British maritime figures, see public records and model ships, and enter the Royal Observatory to learn about the development of navigational techniques and equipment. Check out “Voyagers” to hear the stories of Britain and the sea through an audio-visual installation, explore the collection of archives and objects in the “Compass Lounge,” and steer a ship into port and fire a cannon at pirates in the children’s gallery. The venue hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, so check what's on before you visit. Use our London trip planner to add National Maritime Museum and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • The history of navigation, with the development of its technology to such activity, is shown here with a great number of tools, models, documents and illustrations. The most useful path to follow the development of this wonderful adventure might, for my sense of direction, be more highlighted. Mediocre coffee shop.
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  • It is a pity that so little of a theme can make the great seafaring nation. Who really wants to know something about the topic, is better served by the Deutsches Museum in Munich or the Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina, for example.
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  • The National Maritime Museum has been a truly wonderful surprise. We came here on a Saturday morning and absolutely loved the displays and information. Highly recommended (and it’s FREE!!!)  more »
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  • Wonderful museum, clear and informative across all exhibitions. Great setting as well with several good food spots both in and close to it. A recommended day out!
  • A must for everyone interested in maritime history. An it's got free entrance. Some of the rooms are poorly lit (to protect the artifacts).And many of the texts are hard to read because of the small font and because they are placed to low. Why not supplement the texts with QR codes and let the guest use their smartphone. And give them an opportunity to re-read the texts at home?
  • We ended up at this museum unexpectedly and was pleasantly surprised by the informative and interesting exhibits. Lots of history about maritime history of London and the world. The area is serene and gorgeous too. It's near the ferry stop.
  • Free museum full of interesting exhibits. The building itself is is worthy of a visit. Plenty for kids to see and do. Dont miss Turner's Trafalgar painting which has a room all tho itself.
  • Very disappointed with the Maritime Museum, at least the parts I visited. Many of the exhibition rooms were poorly lit and badly designed, made worse with colour schemes that made the signs even harder to read (see photo). Most descriptive labels had painfully small text and were placed at knee level. The flow through each room was poorly indicated and became very frustrating. General directional signage is sparse and confusing. I saw several groups walking round in circles trying to work out how to get out. Unless you have 2020 eyesight you won't have a good experience here and will stumble around in poorly lit rooms trying to work out what it is you are looking at. Maritime Museum - please fire your curators and bring your museum into the 21st century so normal people can enjoy it.

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