Royal Museums Greenwich in the USA

The AFRMG is pleased to play a role in developing the presence, and sharing the collections and expertise of RMG in the USA.

The Museum is excited to be staging a growing program of major exhibitions in the US. Recent successes include:

Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude, tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea. Spurred on by the promise of rich rewards, astronomers, philosophers, and artisans – including John Harrison and his innovative timekeepers – finally solved one of the greatest technical challenges of the 18th century. This exhibition showed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC from March-September 2015 and at Mystic Seaport from September 2015-March 2016. It was seen by nearly 77,000 visitors whilst at these two US venues.

The acclaimed exhibition Turner and the Sea, exploring the appeal of the sea to J. M. W. Turner and his contemporaries, showed at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2014.

Turmoil and Tranquillity, an exhibition of 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish maritime paintings toured to the Peabody Essex Museum in 2009.


RMG curators and specialists regularly lecture in the US as part of international tours, attend academic conferences and promote publications. Recent talks have taken place at the New York Yacht Club, Vero Beach Art Gallery and US Naval Base Annapolis to name just a few.

In the spring of 2016 Simon Stephens, Curator of Ship Models and Boat Collections, spoke at Mystic Seaport and at the New York Yacht Club, and Rory McEvoy, Curator of Horology, gave talks at the Horological Society of New York and the Newport Historical Society.

Loans from the RMG Collections

As well as being able to share the stunning collections of RMG through touring exhibitions, there is an active international loans programme.

29 significant items were loaned by RMG working in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, to the maritime art exhibition Spreading Canvas – Eighteenth-Century British Painting.. The exhibition runs from September to early December 2016.

Joining or giving to the American Friends of RMG will enable you to enjoy and play a part in bringing such activities to the US.