National Maritime Museum

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Park Row Greenwich, Greenwich, United Kingdom
www.nmaa.ac.uk - 020 8858 4422
National Maritime Museum - Latheral Marks. An Navigational Mark that is still used today. The marks mean that you are supposed to go towards the national Museum. But i guess only Mariners would understand such things
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National Maritime Museum - National Maritime Museum seen from the Observation Tower. Old buildings in the foreground and new buildings in the background
National Maritime Museum - National Maritime Museum seen from the Observation Tower. Old buildings in the foreground and new buildings in the background
National Maritime Museum - National Maritime Museum seen from the Observation Tower. Old buildings in the foreground and new buildings in the background
National Maritime Museum - National Maritime Museum seen from the Observation Tower. Old buildings in the foreground and new buildings in the background
National Maritime Museum - National Maritime Museum seen from the Observation Tower. Old buildings in the foreground and new buildings in the background

National Maritime Museum Greenwich Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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National Maritime Museum Sep 29, 2012
Another of the huge, free museums in London, the National Maritime Museum is at the bottom of the hill that the Royal Observatory is at the top of. It (obviously) specialises in maritime history, although there are occasional displays of other things as long as it is loosely linked to the sea. Greenwich has been extremely important in maritime history, as an important site in the development of accurate measures of time (which you can’t navigate properly without), a major naval and sea port, and the home of the Royal Observatory.



There are lots of interesting displays, including yachts, working marine engines, figureheads (the carved figures that once were mounted on the bows of any European sailing ship, for luck and to symbolise the ship’s name), and royal barges. There is a large display of navigation equipment, which given that this includes absolutely beautiful medieval Arabic astrolabes is a lot more interesting than it sounds. Themed displays when I was there included information on the Titanic and on the Arctic Convoys that brought supplies through to Russia in world war 2, and a really interesting display about London’s history as a port and about Nelson, the Admiral who died fighting Napoleon’s Navy.



The building is well designed, although I did manage to lose my sister going through the wrong door at one point. The central hall is light and airy. Although it could all be a bit overwhelming, the fact it’s free is a huge advantage because it means that you can come and go if you are reaching saturation point. There is, of course, a café and a gift shop.
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davidx davidx
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Wonderful Photo Exhibition Dec 10, 2012
I regret to say that I have not yet been to see the museum as such but I was there recently to see the marvellous exhibition of photos by Ansel Adams. You can find out a lot about the exhibition from http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/ansel-adams.

For anybody approaching my level of ignorance, you might like also to look at Adams's biograhy at http://www.anseladams.com/ansel-adams-information/ansel-adams-biography/

As a person newly interested in photography, I was utterly entanced by his various portrayals of mountains, trees but particularly water - geysers, coast, rapids and river valleys, most taken in his native California.

The really important thing is that the exhibition lasts until 28 April 2013 so if you are planning a visit to London some time soon - give it a thought.
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spocklogic says:
One of the great photographers of the 20th century. I've seen his photos many times, but never been to an exhibit devoted solely to his work. Sounds intriguing.
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012
jojostevie jojostev…
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Thames Boat Trips, National Maritime Museum and Observatory Oct 31, 2011
We started the day of with a little Thames Boat Trip from Westminster to Greenwich. If you book online you can get the trip for 1/2 price (but you can't book online on the day for this offer) or if you have a valid oyster card you get 1/3 off. Although the crew are not recognised tour guides they do give a good talk of some interesting points along the way. Definitely a nice journey to take in nice weather.

Once we got to Greenwich we did check out the market before heading to the Museum however the day we went it was a little quiet but it is a quaint town take a stroll around. The market is a good visit when all the stalls are there you can indulge in national dishes from all over the world such as paella, jallof rice, curried goat, sushi, an array of cakes etc and buy some nice little trinkets.

Once in the National Martitime Museum we found that some of the exhibits were closed or you had to pay to view them so we didn't spend to long there.

We thought we would then take a nice walk round the back in the gardens and up a steep hill to the observatory (I seriously need to start exercising I was a bit puffed out to say the least). I must say there are some great views from up there. I enjoyed walking round the observatory and listening to the videos located inside.

Overall, I'd say Greenwich is a nice place to spend the day reminded me a little bit of home - nice to know that London has these nice areas tucked away amongst all the hubub.
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Africancrab says:
Thanks for sharing, always helpful to know.
Posted on: Nov 05, 2011
Jfconaghan Jfconagh…
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Greenwich Maritime Museum and Observatory May 21, 2011
I am a little bias being a Marine Engineer, however, Shipping and Time affect each of us even if we aren't aware of it...

The Maritime Museum is very interesting, wonderful history about the evolution of that part of London itself.

I think the highlight for the day for me was actually the Planetarium (where time and location on the planet begin).. This is a wonderful piece of history and I recommend spending the few extra pounds and using the audio guide.

It may not be on the top of the list for London, but it should be in the top 5.

Enjoy,

John
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CFD CFD
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Mar 10, 2007
National Maritime Museum. The Gem of Greenwich. England has long traditions of being a seafaring nation and its all documented in The national Maritime Museum. The admission is free(!!!) and the exhibition is great. Its divided into several different parts and if you dont have so much time i would rush trough the first floor and up to the 2.nd and 3.rd floor. Some miniatures of ship are upto 5metres with an incredible amount of detail..

I where actually making a splice on one of the ropes inside ,and i guard came up to me and asked me what i was doing.. I said: Im just making a splice to this rope to make it look better. The guard (who obvious) where and old seaman started to laugh and mumbleing something about prides of work..

The best of all: The admission is free (i hope you got it the 3.rd time), but i made a fair donation.
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