Five Must-See Museums in London
No trip to the city is complete without these outstanding stops for art, history and science lovers
- By Marina Koren
- Smithsonian.com, June 21, 2013
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The Royal Museums Greenwich consists of four sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the 18th-century ship, the Cutty Sark. The National Maritime Museum documents 500 years of British nautical history through numerous ship models, countless artifacts from life at sea and a massive, interactive world map that visitors can walk on to track seafaring stories. The Queen’s House, built in the 17th century, holds the museum’s fine art collection of more than 4,500 oil paintings. The Royal Observatory, located longitudinally at the Prime Meridian, allows visitors to stand in both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same. Visitors can also walk aboard and beneath the 144-year-old Cutty Sark, a clipper ship that has visited every major port in the world. Admission is free, except for the Cutty Sark, which costs £12 for adults and £6.50 for children ages 5-15.