National Maritime Museum Cornwall



The multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation.

Winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award in 2014 and Silver winner of UK Heritage Attraction of the Year at the 2013 British Travel Awards, the Museum features a number of stunning exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall.

Take a journey into the Viking world and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders. This multi-sensory exhibition offers the opportunity to get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland, National Museum of Denmark and Manx National Heritage. Climb aboad a 14m full scale replica cargo ship, dress up as a Viking, try your hand at coin-striking and immerse yourself in Viking life 1000 years ago. Dare to play in the Dragon's Den and, during school holidays, enjoy a wide variety of make & take activities.

Other exhibitions include our new Medal Winners' Hall of Fame celebrating British Olympic success over the years in the sports of sailing, rowing and canoeing. Have your photo taken alongside Ben Ainsley's Gold medal-winning Finn, stand on our medal winners' podium and watch footage of our sports stars in action.

So much more than just a Museum about boats, explore the stories of the people who used these vessels and the adventures they had in them.

Ascend the 100ft Look Out tower and see Falmouth's famous harbour from the skies, then descend into the Tidal Zone to appreciate one of only three natural underwater galleries in the world - and the cormorants, seals, shrimp, bass and mullet swimming by its epic 22ft tall tidal windows.

Be spellbound by a sky filled with a flotilla of flying boats and lose yourself in a world of maritime history. With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there's so much happening, don't miss your chance for a visit. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is the Museum to have fun in whatever the weather!

Open daily 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day


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