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"Informative exhibits inside.." National Maritime Museum Tip by Durfun

National Maritime Museum, London: 16 reviews and 33 photos

  The huge museum building
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  • The huge museum building - London
      The huge museum building
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  • Model of Algeciras Container Terminal - London
      Model of Algeciras Container Terminal
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  • Interactive learning on far left; and boats - London
      Interactive learning on far left; and boats
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  • Model showing global trade & motivations - London
      Model showing global trade & motivations
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  • Intact dome from the demolished Baltic Exchange - London
      Intact dome from the demolished Baltic Exchange
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A superb museum for anyone, particularly those with an interest in maritime matters & history.

There is a central, ground floor area charting the rise of London & Britain as a maritime power, showing how the City developed over the centuries, changing the look of the area around the Thames & the creation of the wharves & docks. A board summarises the timeline in London Thames' development & importance.

Lord Nelson is also recognised, together with a display of the very coat he was wearing when he received the fatal musket wound. The offending bullet itself is displayed in Windsor Castle.

In other section on the ground floor you can see various boats, including some very ornate royal barges, record-breaking powerboats, etc.

One can learn how cargo ships evolved over the years, with scaled models of the various types around. Also, there are excellent models of old style ship building yards.

Then, there is an Arctic zone which is very well recreated, enabling one to feel the perils of seafaring in those harsh, unforgiving parts of the oceans. One can see accounts of the Dutch voyager Barents & the Danish one Bering, with a sea named after each of these two explorers.

Further, there is thorough explanation of how the different European powers were motivated to seek out far away lands to consolidate their empires and monopolies of global trade routes & raw materials.

You can find a brilliant display of a topographical model of the world, with the main goods seeked out from each particular zone, eg gold from Central & South America, spices from India & the Middle East, etc.

In another section, you can learn about bouyancy (from the large, water-filled tank), how tsunamis are formed, the various types of waves, whirlpools, etc.

Upstairs you can find the magnificent stained glass dome of the now demolished (following an explosion) Baltic Exchange.

There is also a children's play area in the open, middle section.

Also, there are displays all around with various ship memorabilia.

Address: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, LONDON SE10 9
Directions: You can arrive here via boat (disembark at Greenwich Pier), DLR (Cutty Sark, or Greenwich), train (Greenwich), or bus.
Visit hours: Mon–Sun 10.00–17.00

Phone: +44 (0)20 8858 4422

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 21, 2010
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