Throughout history, the sea has been the primary way to expand empires and communicate with the outside world. The National Maritime Museum will help visitors to learn how the ocean allowed Britain’s ancestors to trade with distant societies and the impact that their exploration and had on other countries. Here one can find out how the East India Company changed the culture of Britain.
The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world, so there is no better place to experience the sea-faring days of the old days. While here, be sure to take a look at the extensive collection of treasures while enjoying the modern facilities.
Something for Everyone
Children will thoroughly enjoy a taste of history and find exciting things to do. The museum is set up in a clever way so that kids not realize that they are learning while having fun. The younger guests will find engaging attractions, such as the new pirate ship game, where they can take on a pirate ship and attempt to shoot in right out of the water. The older children and young adults will feel comfortable with some of the more advanced activities, such as the realistic ship simulation.
The Compass Lounge
After a busy day, guests are free to relax in the Compass Lounge. There is free wireless Internet available for guests who might want to email loved ones or plan their journey to their next destination. This facility was designed to demonstrate how history can be combined with the modern world, and it does so well.
The compass card, a credit-card sized item, is handed out to each visitor. It allows them to record where they have gone and what has been of interest to them. Upon entering the Compass Lounge and using this card with the computers, guests can learn more about what they have seen. This feature is also available from other computers via the Internet so that guests can experience this modern feature after they have left. Admission to the lounge is free for all visitors.
Location and Transportation
The National Maritime Museum is located in Greenwich and is only an eight minute train trip from the London Bridge. From the bus station the museum is within walking distance. There are many ways to reach this destination, and public transportation is easily accessible. After visiting the museum, Greenwich has more to offer tourists and locals alike. There are numerous attractions nearby, so this is an ideal place to visit for an entire day.
The museum opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM from Monday to Sunday, but is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays. Please keep in mind that visitors are not admitted entrance after 4:30 PM Monday to Sunday. Be sure to check that the museum will be open before you plan a visit, as it is occasionally closed for maintenance and other events. Admission to The National Maritime Museum is free, except for when there are special exhibitions. Be sure to confirm whether or not a fee will be required before planning your trip.
Facilities and Accessibility
The building is accessible by wheelchair and elevators are available. Pictograms and audio information are provided throughout the museum, so reading is not essential for guests who wish to enjoy the displays. Car lots are located on the premises but it is not guaranteed that everyone will be able to find an empty space. The attractions are located indoors, making this an ideal place to visit during winter For those who wish to have something to eat or drink there is a cafe and a restaurant which are both open to the public.
Schools Are Welcome
Properly supervised groups of children welcome to come and enjoy the museum, with schools being asked to organize their trip with administration before attending. Group rates are available upon request, so this is an ideal destination for school trips.