The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich,
The British National Maritime Museum at Greenwich certainly is one of
the most important and largest maritime museums in the world. It holds a
large collection of maritime art, British and Dutch paintings,
cartography, navigational instruments and ship models.
There is more information about the museum and on-going events on the
homepage of the national maritime museum.
I was most impressed by the collection of paintings they displayed. It
was a joy and very interesting to see these famous paintings. The
original works revealed much more details than I remembered from the
prints I had seen before in several books.
You can browse the
fine art collection and buy large format prints of the paintings
online. They show the prints by 600 * 350 pixels which is quite good for
In the museum there is also a small but fine selection of contemporary
ship models displayed. However, there is a photography ban, and they
enforce it. When I took some pictures of their Bellona class 74 somebody
came and asked me to stop it. For anyone seriously interested in details
of rigging and hull that is a real nuisance. (I forgot to ask him
whether making sketches is allowed).
I perfectly understand that photography is forbidden with the
paintings as they get damaged by people using flashes when they believe
to be unobserved. And there are many prints of the paintings available.
However, on wooden ship models the photography ban is something the
museum management should reconsider (status April 2009):
So, if you are interested in details of naval history and want to
memorize them by taking pictures you better visit the Science Museum,
London, the Musée de la Marine, Paris, or the Deutsche Museum in Munich
(taking pictures is allowed, but no flash, no tripod).