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New galleries unveiled by Sir David Attenborough at National Maritime Museum

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 14:30

On 20th September, four new galleries were opened at the National Maritime Museum (NMM) by Sir David Attenborough, following a major £12.6M redevelopment project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are pleased to announce the space is now available for tours as an added experience when booking events at Neptune Court in the museum.

With over 1,100 objects on display, the galleries bring the theme of exploration alive, giving guest’s unprecedented access to the NMM’s world-class collections.

The four new galleries – Tudor and Stuart SeafarersPacific EncountersPolar Worlds and Sea Things – cover British and European exploration from the late-fifteenth century through to the present day.

Designed by Casson Mann, the visually enticing and object-rich galleries offer a welcoming environment for guests to engage with and contemplate significant moments of Britain’s maritime past. The redevelopment project sees the opening of 1,000m2 of space in the Museum’s East Wing which was previously closed to visitors.

As an event space, Neptune Court can accommodate:

  • 580 guests seated on rounds without a stage/dance floor
  • 450 with a stage/dance floor
  • 1000 guests for a standing reception
  • 250 cabaret style for award ceremonies
  • Opportunities for branding/ theming with creative lighting techniques
  • Fascinating tours of the new galleries filled with stories of endeavour at sea (dependent on numbers)
  • Character actors performance during drinks reception

If you would like to discuss how the team at Royal Museums Greenwich can make your event a success, please email the team at