About the National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, opened in 1937 and is the largest of its kind in the world. It aims through its collections, exhibitions, and learning and outreach programmes to promote and illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. The Museum is part of Royal Museums Greenwich, which also includes the Royal Observatory - home to the Prime Meridian of the World, the newly reopened Cutty Sark, and the 17th-century Queen’s House, designed by Inigo Jones and home to a priceless collection of maritime art. Royal Museums Greenwich attracts almost two million visitors a year, while an even greater world-wide audience has steadily increasing access to the 2.5 million items in its collections via its award-winning website (rmg.co.uk http://www.rmg.co.uk/).
In 2011 the brand new Sammy Ofer Wing opened at the Maritime Museum, a £35-million extension including a new open-access library and archive and an international-standard 800 m2 temporary exhibition area. In April 2012 te Museum launched its first major exhibition 'Royal River, Power, Pageantry and the Thames' in the new space, celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and this summer plays host to the equestrian events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Greenwich Park.