The National Maritime Museum forms part of the Royal Museums Greenwich together with the Royal Observatory, the Queens House and the Cutty Sark.
The Greenwich area has considerable naval roots. The beautiful waterside buildings, best viewed from across the river, were originally a seamans hospital and latterly the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The Royal Observatory, just up the hill, was established in the 17th century to solve problems of navigation.
The museum exhibits chronicle the history of Britain at sea and feature an extensive collection of maritime art and cartography, ship models and plans and scientific and navigational instruments.
In addition, the museum houses a large collection of items relating to Admiral Lord Nelson, Captain Cook and other famous seafarers.
Entry to the museum is free.