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Franklin Exhibition ticket packages

Ends 7 Jan 2018 at 10:47 AM

Explore the unsolved mystery of Sir John Franklin’s fatal last journey into the Arctic at the National Maritime Museum’s new exhibition

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These joint tickets include return river travel in the Central and East Zones so you can get to Greenwich and back from central London in style on board our fast and frequent luxury catamarans. Relax on board with coffee bars and comfortable seating as you glide past the city's iconic sights. Departures every 20 minutes from Greenwich.

Tickets available from Mon 14 Jul — Sun 7 Jan

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Terms and Conditions

  • Tickets are valid in MBNA Thames Clippers Central and East Zones
  • Tickets not valid for use in the West Zone or on River Bus Express services for The O2
  • Check MBNA Thames Clippers route map and timetable here
  • Tickets are valid for the day selected when booking. Valid for return travel anytime from 9am onwards and entry into the Franklin Exhibition anytime from 10am onwards
  • Children are aged between 5 and 15
  • Please check opening and last admission times on the Royal Museums Greenwich website before beginning your journey

More about Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition

In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin and his two ships sailed from England with hopes of uncovering the final stretch of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. Few could have predicted that the voyage would see both his crews - 129 men - perish in some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth after a bitter fight for survival. Despite numerous search expeditions and the promise of a substantial reward for anyone who recovered the crews, the reason for the catastrophe has remained a mystery for 170 years, with stories surfacing of the men having endured lead poisoning, starvation, madness and even cannibalism.

But after the discovery of Franklin’s ships HMS Erebus and Terror in 2014 and 2016, Royal Museums Greenwich are able to present a world-first exhibition that offers insight into how the tragedy unfolded. Divers are still undertaking extensive searches on the wrecks in order to uncover more clues, while mummified bodies of some of the crew members are undergoing DNA testing.

The personal items and archaeological finds in the exhibition – many of them on display
for the first time ever – will paint a vivid picture of what humans are capable of when pushed to extremes.


The exhibition is being developed by the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and the National Maritime Museum, and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust. National Maritime Museum, Special Exhibitions Gallery

Photo credit: ©NASA images courtesy the Digital Mapping System team and Operation IceBridge Arctic 2011