Sunday 4 November 2012

Royal Museums Greenwich November

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea

Eight days until Ansel Adams opens
9 November 2012–28 April 2013 | National Maritime Museum
Members go free | Adults £7 | Concessions £6 | Children £2 – includes a voluntary donation

Our next major exhibition Ansel Adams: From the Mountains to the Sea opens to the public on 9 November. Don’t miss this rare chance to see Adams’s photography in the UK and experience some of the most iconic and technically pioneering black and white photographs of the 20th century up-close.

Booking is now open at

Ansel Adams: Photography from Mountains to the Sea is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Support for the exhibition was provided by David H. Arrington, and the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. Image credit: The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 1942, Photograph by Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams: Thursday Lates
Enjoy the Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea exhibition with a difference at one of our Thursday Lates– a perfect way to spend an evening with friends and family:
  • Jazz at the Water’s Edge, part of the London Jazz Festival
    15 November | 19.00 | £5, Members £4 – includes a guided tour of the exhibition
    Enjoy an evening of live jazz, with Mercury Prize-nominated Sam Lee, saxophonist James Morton and the Artie Zaitz trio. Book now at
  • Wine and Waterscapes
    29 November | 18.00 | £15, Members £12 – includes a guided tour of the exhibition
    Admire Adams’s iconic landscapes of America along with a selection of wines from California’s Sonoma County. A specialist sommelier will be on hand to guide your tasting. Book now at
Booking is now open for the exhibition Members go free.

Image credit: Rick Pushinsky
Sam Lee, Image credit: Rick Pushinsky

Evening with the Stars
Dates from November to February | from 17.30 | Royal Observatory Greenwich
Adult £16 | Child/concession £14 | Family £56
Members receive the concessionary rate

Our hugely popular observing evenings are now open for booking. Our astronomers will guide you through a special evening including a planetarium show, a chance to look through our gigantic 18-tonne Victorian telescope and time on the Prime Meridian after dark with an amazing view of London at night.

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The Great Equatorial Telescope Dome, Royal Observatory Greenwich. Image © National Maritime Museum

The Universe Exposed: photographing the cosmos
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Members go free | Adult £6.50 | Children/concessions £4.50 | Family £17.50

Come and see Astronomy Photographer of the Year brought to life! Our astronomers have put together a brand new planetarium show which showcases how anyone with a digital camera can capture spectacular images of the night sky.

Book your tickets online now
The Universe Exposed: photographing the cosmos, a new planetarium show at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Family Diwali celebrations
24 November | 11.00-17.00 | National Maritime Museum
Free event

Bring the family to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and British Asian heritage with a colourful day of music, workshops and performances. Find out more about how trade by sea brought ideas, culture, language and people, from Asia to Britain.

Visit to plan your trip
Diwali celebrations at Royal Museums Greenwich, Image credit © National Maritime Museum

Meet the experts
National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark

Don’t miss your chance in November to meet some of the staff at Royal Museums Greenwich.
  • Curators’ talk: Caricature and the Navy
    8 November | 19.00 | Free but booking is necessary
    James Davy and Richard Johns, curators of the Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy 1775–1815 exhibition will give a tour and talk about the inspiration behind the new show.
  • The Birth of the Cutty Sark: Archival Treasures in the Collection
    22 November | 19.00 | Free but booking is necessary

    Join us on the anniversary of the launch of Cutty Sark and see the original manuscripts held in the Museum’s archive relating to the famous clipper ship.
  • Cutty Sark Relaunched, lecture series
    Dates throughout November | 11.00–13.00
    £8 per lecture or £32 for series | Concessions £6 per lecture or £24 for series

    Follow the challenges and triumphs of the conservation of Cutty Sark, retold by the experts who realized the vision to preserve one of the world's most famous ships.
Cutty Sark, Image © National Maritime Museum

Royal Observatory Christmas Lecture: Can We Reach the Stars?
20 December | 18:30-20:00 | Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
Tickets £5 | Concessions and Members £4

We’re delighted to announce that space scientist and TV presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will be our guest speaker for the 2012 Christmas Lecture. Maggie will be discussing the possibility of star travel – when will we be able to make such a journey in the future? Can such travel ever be worth the expense and risk and what will we find out there?

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Image credit: David Rose
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Image credit: David Rose

Christmas Market – save the date!
1 December | 10.00 - 17.00 | National Maritime Museum

Join us for a fun-filled and festive afternoon for family and friends with stalls selling gifts and delicious food and drink. Pick up some locally produced treats, including our very own Traders Chutney. Bring the kids and take part in a christmas decoration workshop. Don't miss out!

Find out how to get here on our website
Royal Museums Greenwich Christmas Market