The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 (0181-312 6565) re-opens on 31 March. The entrance fee will be pounds 5, rising to pounds 7.50 from 11 May (children free).
A whopping pounds 19.6m has been ploughed into the new National Maritime Museum. The spruced-up institution, which re-opens to the public on Wednesday, just in time for Easter, before an official re-launch by the Queen on 11 May, now boasts 16 new galleries and a splendid new setting under Europe's largest single-span glass roof. Highlights include "The Future of the Sea", a grand exhibit on humans' relationship with the oceans, and "Global Gardens", which demonstrates how maritime explorers have discovered new plants for the home and for medical science.