American Friends of Royal Museums Greenwich, Inc. (AFRMG) is an active US organization which supports the wide ranging work of Royal Museums Greenwich, London. This support results in world-class activities and events on both sides of the Atlantic.
AFRMG was established in 2003 (then known as The American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich). It was created by supporters in the United States and Britain with the aim of supporting the work of the Museum, and fostering American and British friendship, knowledge and scholarship. It has been fulfilling this aim ever since.
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) encompasses four internationally renowned attractions set within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich. The National Maritime Museum is custodian to the world’s largest maritime collection and its treasures are unrivalled. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is the home of zero longitude, the history of navigation at sea and Greenwich Mean Time. Cutty Sark has been lovingly restored and is the world’s sole surviving tea clipper – the fastest ship of her time. The 17th century royal villa the Queen’s House was the first classical building in England and now houses an extraordinary art collection relating to maritime matters, scientific endeavour and exploration. In the summer of 2018 RMG opened the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, this purpose-built state-of-the-art facility is home to a conservation center and collections store with public access in mind.
The vision at Royal Museums Greenwich is to be the global destination for understanding how Britain’s maritime story and the scientific and artistic endeavours that happened at Greenwich have influenced the world and continue to inspire people today.
AFRMG is a US non-profit corporation. It is tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and is governed by an independent board of directors. Gifts to the American Friends are deductible to the extent allowed by law.