National Maritime Museum
Average time spent – 2-3 hours.
Things to do at National Maritime Museum London review
The National Maritime Museum in London is located in Greenwich close to the river Thames.
It is a fantastic free museum and it has developed a lot since we last visited. It is a lot more modern now in that there are lots of interactive exhibits and it’s a lot more welcoming to the younger visitor. We were there for just over 2 hours and we certainly could have spent a lot longer in the museum. There is so much to see and do. A lot of it won’t interest smaller children in the slightest but that really doesn’t matter as there’s plenty there that will interest them.
They have recently opened 4 new galleries with over 1,000 more objects on display. The museum covers so much of our naval past, even adults will learn something new and fascinating. Kids will love the big open space upstairs next to the cafe. This has a huge world map with boats that kids can push around the world. We virtually had to drag the 6-year old away from this after well over 15 minutes of role-play fun.
There is also an excellent children’s gallery. This has some really fun interactive elements including being able to shoot pretend canons at pirates, a sail mast that kids can hoist up and down, play kitchen, ship wheel and so much more.
There are also family-friendly trails to take part in and a ship simulator. This is more for older children and adults but my 6-year-old had great fun badly driving a ship around the harbour in New York!
There’s also plenty to see and do at the nearby Royal Observatory. This is a great post lockdown review.
Eating – There are two cafes on-site selling hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Plenty of galleries covering our naval past with lots of interactive displays that everyone will love. Kids role-play area, giant world map with boats for kids to push around, ship simulator. There are toilets on-site and two cafes.
Entry price – *FREE
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – It is completely free to visit the National Maritime Museum London
Opening: The National Maritime Museum is open almost all year round. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NF, London, England. Phone: 020 8858 4422
Category – Museum – indoors – suitable for all ages.
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