International touring & activities

Royal Museums Greenwich is home to collections that are relevant to audiences across the globe and our international focus is key to what we do.

Our global outlook, connections and relevance

The Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House are home to collections and stories that are relevant to audiences across the globe. This shows in the growing numbers of international visitors we welcome to Royal Museums Greenwich.

Our international focus is always at the forefront of what we do. We share our collections and expertise across the globe through touring exhibitions, loans, licensing agreements and online resources and develop overseas partnerships, including skills sharing and collaborative research.

International loans

We regularly loan items from our collections to other museums around the world.

Find out more about our international loans

Touring exhibitions

Our touring exhibition programme enables audiences across the globe to experience our collections and the fascinating stories behind them.

Find out more about our touring exhibitions

Commercial activities

Image licensing

Royal Museums Greenwich Picture Library licenses thousands of images directly every year to clients around the world, and also partners with overseas agents who license our images to clients in their own territories. The Picture Library also acts as a licensor of images from external artists, photographers and museums, strengthening our offer.

Find out more about the Picture Library & image licensing


The publication Turner and the Sea has been published in US and German language editions, and the book Astronomy Photographer of the Year has been published in a Japanese language edition. A contract has recently been signed with a Chinese publisher for the Chinese language rights to the 2004 title Maritime Empires: British Imperial Maritime Trade in the Nineteenth Century.

International support

We’re grateful to our supporters around the world. Find out how you could become a Royal Museums Greenwich patron, or, if you’re based in the US, how to join our American Friends.

Find out about becoming a Patron

Find out about our latest international projects

Our blog is a rich source of information on our current international research and initiatives, including our Longitude and Crew Lists projects.

See our blog