Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. This unique collection of historic buildings is situated within two hundred acres of Royal Greenwich Park land at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site – which combines a park landscape with a vibrant historic town centre. Commanding the great southern loop of the Thames, five miles east of central London, historic Greenwich has long been known world-wide as the ‘home of time’.
The site has a fascinating history dating back to pre-historic times, a royal history since 1414 and long associations with the Royal Navy. In the last 70 years its seafaring and educational associations have broadened immeasurably, with the arrival of the National Maritime Museum in the 1930s, the largest and most important museum of its kind in the world.
The 17th-century Queen's House is the spiritual and physical focus of the World Heritage Site in architectural terms, and the jewel in the crown of the Museum’s estate. Started in 1616 by James I for his queen, Anne of Denmark, the House is England's first classical building, and a rare surviving example of the work of Inigo Jones.
The Trustees, staff and appointed contractors of Royal Museums Greenwich, take great pride in their role as stewards of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its grounds, unique group of historic buildings and the ideas they embody, welcoming over 2.5 million British and international visitors a year.