National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum, located in Greenwich, London, boasts both a fantastic day out for all the family and the largest maritime historical library in Europe. It is in fact the largest Maritime museum in the world to date. This historic building forms part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, which along with the Maritime Museum, incorporates the 17th century Queens House, the prestigious Royal Observatory and of course historic Greenwich itself. The Maritime Library gives visitors a unique opportunity to study the maritime history of the world in with an unmatched collection of over 100,000 books, 20,000 each of bound periodicals and pamphlets, including in its ranks 200 current titles and over 8000 rare books with dates ranging from 1474 to 1850.
Further exhibits include several items, such as paintings and models of ships, obtained from Germany after the conclusion of World War II. There is some controversy over the acclamation of these items, and the museum has been accused of possessing what some refer to as 'Looted Art'. However the Museum officially regards these items as “war trophies” under the provisions of the Potsdam Conference .
Admission to the National Maritime Museum is free to all, however there may be incurred a fee for the many temporary exhibitions which occur there such as the “Visions of the Universe” exhibition from 7 June to 15 September this year.