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The Filming Department facilitates and co-ordinates all commercial filming ventures within the National Maritime Museum, Queens House and Royal Observatory, Greenwich. We welcome all enquiries and aim to provide an effective and resourceful location environment for film makers and photographers.
Our site encompasses a wealth of architectural periods, from the elegant 17th century Queen’s House to the modernity of Neptune Court, with its spectacular glass roof. Majestic Georgian colonnades link the Queen’s House to the Museum wings, and both are overlooked by the Royal Observatory, which sits on the crest of Greenwich hill.
Our buildings can accommodate all sizes and types of production. Whether you’re planning a period drama, documentary or feature film, we have the physical scope and facilities to meet your needs.
As part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the museum has a growing reputation among international film makers and producers, who recognise and value the diversity of a place marked by 400 years of history.
If you are interested in getting a head start in organising filming in any of our locations, please download the Filming checklist. The information you will provide in this document will enable us to assess and plan your visit. Once completed, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should download our Student Filming and Photography Policy for more information on how they can arrange location filming or photography.
National Maritime Museum
The Upper Deck The Caird LibraryThe National Maritime Museum is the largest of its kind in the world.
Neptune Court, at the heart of our galleries forms a meeting point of classical and innovative modern architecture.
Our galleries provide ideal spaces for those documenting subjects relating to the sea. The Caird Library, lecture theatre, meeting rooms and grounds are all available to those wishing to use the museum, or objects from the collection, in their production.
The Queen's House
Great Hall, Queen's House Tulip StairsDesigned in 1616 by Inigo Jones as the first wholly classical building in England, the Queen’s House remains one of the most elegant examples of classical grace and simplicity.
With its marble floors, fine staircases, grand rooms and superb views towards the Old Royal Naval College, the Thames and Greenwich Park, the Queen’s House is the ideal choice for those wishing to add a little majesty to their production.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
The 28 inch dome at the Royal Observatory In 1675, Charles II commissioned Christopher Wren to build the Royal Observatory for use by John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal. In 1884, the Greenwich Meridian was adopted as the international Prime Meridian – Longitude 0º - and this line is marked by a brass strip across the courtyard.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium and the restored South Building and Altazimuth Pavilion marry state-of-the-art modern architecture with carefully preserved Victorian exteriors. Commanding a panoramic view over London, the site provides a dramatic vista for film-makers.
Using the Collections
The Museum’s collections contain over two million objects. These items reflect the centrality of the sea to British life and history, and cover themes of trade, empire, exploration, industry and time.
The National Maritime Museums Film Archive holds a fascinating collection of over 1500 films dating back to 1910. These provide a rich insight into Britains relationship with the sea.