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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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  • a bit better and breathtaking than the royal observatory for various kinds of ships and marine history, might be a personal preference but the maritime museum really is more creative about positioning and placing exhibition items than the royal observatory. And souvenirs and gift shop is also better many aspects. Coffee shop is also bigger and have more choices for desserts. The thing i would like to complain is that there should be more engagement zone for people of every age not just kids zone. Like a real and bigger ship simulator not just a room that shows models of the ship.
  • I've been visiting for over 40 years now...I always manage to find something new & interesting every visit. Highly recommended day out what ever the weather. Great café with good food. Stunning architecture & wealth of history! 😊
  • Volunteers less wonderful yours. We took one that lasted 30 minutes and shared so many interesting details regarding the objects in the first floor. I learned much more than I ever would just reading the placards. Tours start by the back entrance nearest the observatory which seems a bit weird. But we made it in time from the front entrance.
  • One of my favorite museums in London with brilliant play ground for kind. I often visit it as my two years old sister loves it. Highly recommend everyone who have kids to take them their. I really wanted to take pictures of the play ground, but unfortunately it wasn't allowed.
  • On the pro side, it must be a great place to bring young kids: it has the activity corners, and enough space for running around. However, for adult visitors, especially with some background in history, the museum does not exactly live up to expectations. The exhibitions around the world wars could have been made much more interesting really.
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