Royal Museums Greenwich is pleased to announce the reopening of the National Maritime Museum on 7 September. Visitors will once again be able to explore the story of Britain and the sea through science, trade, conflict, work and leisure in the world’s largest maritime collection.
The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition has been extended to 13 September. Visitors can gaze upon exceptional astrophotography revealing the secrets the Universe, including the winning image, ‘Into the Shadow’ by Hungarian photographer László Francsics. Taken in Budapest, Hungary, the photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on January 21 2019, which astounded and captivated the judges of the 2019 competition. The awe-inspiring imagery featured in the 2020 competition will be on display at the National Maritime Museum from 23 October.
Entry to the National Maritime Museum will remain free. Time slots will have to be pre-booked online or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure social distancing can be maintained, and a one-way visitor route will be in place.
In line with the government’s announcement on 31 July, face coverings must be worn inside the museum. Protective screens in the ticket hall and gift shop will be installed and sanitiser stations will also be available throughout to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.
Initially, the interactive All Hands Children Gallery and Ahoy! Children’s Gallery will remain closed.
The announcement follows the phased approach to reopening Royal Museums Greenwich announced earlier this summer. Cutty Sark reopened on 20 July, the Royal Observatory Greenwich opened in part on 3 August and the Queen’s House reopened on 10 August.
At the Queen’s House, Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I will run until 31 August 2020. This is the first time the three surviving portraits have been displayed together in their 430-year history.
Additionally, Woburn Treasures has been extended until Easter 2021. This exhibition is a major collaboration, which will see significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House. The collaboration marks the first time significant collection pieces have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.
Royal Museums Greenwich will continue to monitor the situation closely and base its approach on advice received from the Government and Public Health England.