In response to increasing concerns around the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have made the decision to close Royal Museums Greenwich.

Thank you for your continued support of Royal Museums Greenwich, which helps us look towards a bright future. As a charity, like many others, we are looking for ways to survive the financial impact incurred from closing the museum doors.

While our sites are closed, our work to care for your national collection continues. The Collection’s varied stories of human endeavour, demonstrate how people like us have faced challenges in the past, and prevailed for the sake of future generations.

We are incredibly grateful to have received support and donations upon hearing the news of our closure. We will need more help like this in the coming weeks, as we look ahead and navigate these challenging times. Ticket sales to Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory Greenwich, have stopped overnight, and so the museum is incurring huge losses daily. Over 50% of our income comes from ticket sales and other commercial activity from across the museums, and so at this difficult time, please consider donating generously.

You could make a huge difference to Royal Museums Greenwich, by making a donation and by renewing your Membership.

During this period of self-isolation, we invite you to reflect on our shared heritage, and continue to discover hidden treasures within our vast collection by exploring the Collections Online. It is a wonderful resource, which shows how the history of human endeavour inspires curiosity and leads to artistic output.

Royal Museums Greenwich will continue to draw on its collection as inspiration for the challenges that lie ahead. Let us not forget that the largest object in our collection, our own ship, Cutty Sark, is a survivor, famous for having come through many storms and challenges. And in her spirit, we believe that if we ‘hold-fast’, with the help of our donors, we will prevail.


There has never been a more important time for you to support Royal Museums Greenwich. By donating, you will help to ensure the preservation of your history and the Collection’s exciting future. Thank you.

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