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National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

 Circa 40,000 loose charts, 1,000 atlases and 230 globes. Collection ranges from the 15th century to the present day. Predominantly European-made objects. Personal map collections include those of Lord Grenville, Foreign Minister 1791-1801, John Lort Stokes (1812-1884), Royal Naval surveyor, and the Dartmouth collection of colonial maps of Ireland.

For a more extensive description of the collection see:

Online catalogue


Royal Museums Greenwich, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Main contact

Telephone number

(020) 8858 4422 (direct) / (020) 8858 4422 Ext 6757

E-mail address

Opening hours

Library: 1000-1645 Tuesday to Friday; 1000-1300 and 1400-1645 Saturday.


Readers must be registered to use the Library (requires 2 forms of ID);
Loose charts and maps must be requested by 1230 the day before they are required;
access to the globe and portolan collection should be arranged through ;
many objects viewable via the online catalogue


Photography for personal research purposes permitted; commercial photography can be arranged.


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