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National Maritime Museum

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National Maritime Museum

KidRated’s National Maritime Museum Top Tips:


The National Maritime Museum has a vast collection of stories of the incredible naval voyages sailors have taken across the years. Check out Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle as you arrive: a permanent sculpture of the HMS Victory which stands outside the entrance to the newly opened Sammy Ofer Wing.


Inside is the Voyagers gallery, which uses its 200 objects to relate stories of Britain’s maritime adventures and their importance to our nation. ‘Traders: the East India Company and Asia’ is another new permanent gallery which details the development of trade between Britain and Asia. The Great Map is an interactive map with games for all interests: build bridges across continents, or scan a touch-screen tablet across the globe to be recounted stories about pirates and much more.


The Museum has fourteen different galleries to explore. Find out what made J. M. W. Turner’s largest painting so controversial. Get up close to the actual uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.


In the Pacific Encounters gallery, reflect on the complex legacy of European exploration and how this has shaped the Pacific as we know it today. Experience the lives of both ordinary seamen and well-known characters, such as Christopher Columbus, Elizabeth I, and Francis Drake in the Tudor and Stuart Seafarers gallery.


See the most experienced of explorers being pushed to the extremes of human endurance through the stories of heroic explorers in the Polar Worlds gallery.


Bring the kids for an action-packed adventure: play in the free AHOY! gallery for under-7s or All Hands for 6-12-year-olds.


Booking Advice:

  • Admission is FREE
  • Find out how to book the Thames Clipper here
  • Royal Museums Greenwich membership allows you free access to lots of other Greenwich attractions



Park Row
London SE10 9NF

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8858 4422


How to get there:

Nearest station: Cutty Sark DLR

Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


I went here with my family for a day out and it was definitely worth it. Even as a teen, I found it really interesting exploring maritime history. It’s something we don’t learn a lot about in school so I really appreciated the chance to look into it in more detail. I would say that this is a good museum for teens within families as I’m not sure it would entertain just teens by themselves. As a history lover, I would recommend this to anyone with a particular interest in the sea and the adventures that have taken place on it.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • The All Hands children’s gallery is free and good fun. Try morse code, load cargo, fire a cannon and prepare sailor’s meals.
  • The Great Map is wonderful and has a Paul cafe right next to it so you can grab a coffee and the kids can explore the map. There are seats at the other end if you don’t want a drink but need a rest.
  • There’s some dressing up stuff on the ground floor with a pretend kitchen.
  • The shop is fun if you have pirate loving kids.
  • Look for free costumed actors for the kids at the weekends and in holidays. The female pirate is our favourite!

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  1. Pauline

    The Ahoy Children’s Gallery is fun for kids, but not always free. It’s £3 on weekends, holidays, and out of school term time. You get a 45 minute time slot. It does keep it from being excessively overcrowded and the kids will like playing on the steam ship. The play area is geared for 0-7 year-olds. Otherwise, the museum is a bit more sparse than others in central london and while interesting for adults, might not be for kids. That is, outside of the Children’s Gallery. It’s at the bottom of Greenwich Park and just a hop and skip from the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Market. You could definitely make a day of a visit.

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