The National Maritime Museum is a museum that tells the story of the British Royal Navy, which also contains the world's largest maritime library and archive collection.
In 1927, a public appeal was launched by the Society for Nautical Research to develop a ‘national naval and nautical museum’, and a decade later the National Maritime Museum (whose name was suggested by poet Rudyard Kipling) was opened by King George VI.
Today, the museum boasts a varied collection of maritime art, cartography, manuscripts, official public records, ship models and plans. In addition to its 2.5 million objects, the museum also contains the world's largest maritime library and archive collection.
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