National Maritime Museum

In Greenwich you can find a number of Royal Museums close to each other. The Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House.

I visited the National Maritime Museum a few months ago. It was a rainy day and after visiting the Greenwich Market with its independent shops and food stalls we decided to go to the museum to have a cup of coffee. Main reason was that we wanted to be inside and entry to the museum is free.

After coffee and cake we decided to walk around and ended up spending a few hours in the museum.

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The National Maritime Museum was openen to public in 1937. The Museum buildings began life in 1807 as a school for the children of seafarers, and the South-West Wing was built as a dining hall in 1876. 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 and time-keeping, and in many other categories.

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Experience the world’s largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea and packed to the gunwales with intriguing objects and fascinating galleries. A museum about the ships and Captains of Britains Navy and merchant navy. Most of the exhibitions are for free.

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Greenwich is best known as the location of the prime meridian. It is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. When you are in Greenwich I can recommend to visit the Observatory and Cutty Sark too. You can easy spend a full day in Greenwich. Having lunch in a pub, visit Greenwich Market or have a picnic in the park with a great view on the city.

Pictures by Rene Draaijer

 

 

 

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