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.
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).
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