National Maritime Museum

Category: Museums and libraries

The National Maritime Museum is the leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom, and one of the most important in the world. It is based primarily in Greenwich, adjacent to Greenwich Park. The NMM houses a wide and varied collection of exhibits relating to Britain’s extensive naval heritage; items range from ships’ anchors to royal rowing barges, from naval uniforms to paintings of naval heroes and explorers.

The museum site also includes the Queen’s House (part of the historic park-and-palace landscape of “Maritime Greenwich”, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997) and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, until 1948 the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

In addition to its open exhibits, the Museum houses an extensive archive of objects and documents relating to seafaring, navigation and ships. Much of this collection is available online.


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