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National Maritime Museum, London
(3.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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 vacation builder to add National Maritime Museum and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • Went especially to take grandson to have a go with the ships simulator and it was out of action. Very disappointed. 
  • Went to see the 'Seduction and Celebrity' Exhibition about Emma Hamilton which was absolutely brilliant; so thought-provoking. Told this fascinating story very well (although its a shame like so many ...  more »
  • Although it ships is not yours, visit to the Museum is worthwhile. It is small, but very well mounted and with a good exposition of models, maps, clothing, and what found me most interesting, figureheads of boats. Also has a quiet Café giving on the Park, where you take a "english tea" (2 pounds), a plate of gammon (similar to the pork shoulder) to 4.85 pounds or any type of sandwich (from 4.50 pounds). On the same day can be included the visit to the Royal Observatory. I recommend go and return by the Thames, with the line regular boat in which accept Oyster card.
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  • Fun museum to visit with children. Our toddler (and we!) liked the big map upstairs, the play area, the big ships, and the kids play time session with the museum staff. The museum is surrounded by a large beautiful park and is a nice walk to the Greenwich prime meridian. I'd strongly recommend this museum to anyone with kids under 10!
  • One of my favourite London Museums for families with children to visit. It has a very good layout and facilities, with lots of things to do through out the year and especially at half-term and holidays. There is a good balance on offer of things that would interest adults and children. And a whole area for the children to play with the maritime themed displays. Noteworthy are the tours which they have where period dressed actors will take you along the displays to explore a theme (tea trade, Capt Cook, Windrush). You must Go! You'll love it.
  • Very disappointing. On the way in we were 'asked' (more like told) to pay a donation as well as the hefty 12 quid admission to the hamilton exhibition. When we declined the cashier was downright rude to us. As it was I'm glad I didn't pay the extra. It really wasn't worth it. One staff member who had been there years didn't know who Robin Knox-Johnston was and gave me obviously incorrect information about an engine on display on the basis that he had built a spitfire model as a child. Depressingly it seems that because the target audience of the museum is obviously children it has come to pass that everything has been pitched at nursery school level. Dumbed down exhibits with no useful information accompanying them and a pitifully meagre selection from what must be an amazing collection.The Hamilton exhibition was also pretty dull, a potted history with no unique insight. Many of the objects on display were labeled as being 'like' the kind of item 'which lady Hamilton may have owned'. It might have been saved by the inclusion of Nelsons frock coat but even this was, to my mind, too little, too late. We are fast becoming the Eloi.
  • Big park in London. Lots to do all year round. Walk , picnic, go for a boat ride to London main centre. There is a lot of history with the park and builders. If you go to the main town down the hill. To the rivet, lots of shops and pubs to eat. And there is a river bus, and a overground train. You can walk cycle to the famous dome. (The 02). As is know as. Well worth the visit..
  • A regular hangout spot in Greenwich for families with children. Can't say much about the museum exhibitions in general but there's a play area and scheduled activities for children which is available all year round. Some of the interactive stations in the play area haven't been working for many month's which is a let-down but children still enjoy playing there nevertheless.