Welcome from the President
Welcome to the American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich (NMM) is the largest maritime museum in the world. It has the most important collections in the world on the history of Britain at sea, and many of these relate to shared American and British maritime experiences.
The 17th-century Queen’s House and Royal Observatory at Greenwich form part of the Museum’s estate. Through its unrivalled collections and historic buildings, the NMM represents a unique conjunction of history, science and the arts, tracing the global movements and achievements of people.
Looking to the future the Museum has embarked on a major capital scheme to create a new entrance, archive centre, major temporary exhibition gallery and ancillary services. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of the shipping magnate Sammy Ofer, and the new south west wing will be known as ‘The Sammy Ofer Wing‘.
Once The Sammy Ofer Wing is completed in 2011 the NMM will embark on a rolling programme of gallery refurbishment, and the ongoing financial support provided by the American Fund is vital if the NMM is to continue to thrive and prosper in the future to tell the maritime stories that link the United States and Britain.
Lord Sterling of Plaistow
President of the American Fund of the National Maritime Museum
and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich was established in 2002 by supporters of the Museum in the United States and Britain with the aim of supporting the work of NMM, and fostering American and British friendship, knowledge and scholarship.
Through its support of exhibitions, conferences and object acquisitions, the American Fund has provided much-needed funds for the NMM since its inception.
The American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is a US non-profit corporation. It is tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and is governed by an independent board of directors. Gifts to the American Fund are deductible to the extent allowed by law.