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Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

27 April–9 September 2012
Adults £11, Concessions £9, Children £5, Families £14.50/£24.50*. Members FREE - see
National Maritime Museum
Family (under-5s); Family (over-5s); Adults; Young people
Event type:
Temporary exhibitions
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Royal River discount for Cutty Sark ticket holders: 
  Discounts on entry to Royal River are available to all Cutty Sark ticket holders.*

Become a Member from only £35 for FREE entry to Royal River and Cutty Sark.

To book Royal River tickets, use the 'Book now' button or call 020 8312 6608 (09.00–16.00 daily).

Greenwich is easy to get to, only 8 mins by train from London Bridge (source: TfL). The Museum and Royal River will remain open throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games - view latest opening and transport information.

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

Magnificent gilded barges, liverymen in their finest uniforms, the splendour of lavish celebrations: the Thames is the ‘royal river’, used for centuries by British monarchs to involve the people in ceremony and festivities displaying their regal status. For hundreds of years this famous royal river has been host to the pageantry of coronations, processions of boats, and other events which helped tie people closer to the Crown and to London as Britain’s capital.

This spectacular exhibition, a landmark heritage event of the year, brings together nearly 400 beautiful, fascinating and often unique objects, including one of the largest-ever loans of Royal Collection objects to any museum.

Created to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and guest-curated by David Starkey, Royal River presents the historic Thames in all its glory, from British royal and City events to London’s famous watermen, and the river’s transformation after the notorious ‘Great Stink’.

Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime moment during the Diamond Jubilee year – see the story of the Thames brought to life at Greenwich in Royal River. View Royal opening photos

• Royal River events – tea parties, royal rambles and the Liquid History Pub Quiz.

• Your chance to win a luxury trip to Greenwich, including tickets to Royal River, a short stay in a luxurious London hotel, a superb three course meal, free riverboat connections and retail vouchers.

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* Discounted prices to Royal River for Cutty Sark ticket holders are:
£8 adult | £6.50 concession | £3.50 child | £9 Family (1 adult + 2 children) | £16 Family (2 adults + up to 2 children)
Please ask a member of staff at the Cutty Sark or Royal River ticket desks for more details.

**Family tickets: 1 adult + 1-2 children £14.50; 2 adults + 1-2 children £24.50; additional children £3 (max 4)

What's on show

Detail from ‘The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day, looking towards the City and St Paul’s Cathedral’, before 1752, Canaletto

The Lobkowicz Collections, Czech Republic

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