National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY




01326 313388


01326 317878

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall
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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. 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily, 7 days a week, 10-5pm.

Closed Christmas & Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Adults £11.50, Children (0-5) free, (6-15) £8.00, Students £8.00, Senior (60+) £9.50, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £32.00. Groups receive discount on groups of 10+ Pay once and get in FREE for a full 12 months!


  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

The library is open Tuesday - Saturday only

National Small Boat collection of about 140 boats and other objects & collectables.

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sea King helicopter

Search & Rescue

  • 12 June 2014 — 5 January 2015 *on now

Search and Rescue, the new blockbuster exhibition from National Maritime Museum Cornwall invites you to enter the world of the rescue services where ordinary people lead extraordinary lives, risking their life to save yours.

The exhibition takes you on an interactive, stimulating and emotive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services, celebrating the work of the RNLI, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, HM Coastguard and other organisations.

Objects of epic proportions include a 70ft Sea King helicopter, kindly loaned by the MOD, one of the Museum’s most ambitious installations. Uniquely painted in the colours of both the Royal Navy and RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) services it offers you the rare opportunity to climb inside, without having to be rescued. Dress as a pilot, listen to accounts from the crew and from those that have been rescued, explore their lifesaving equipment and discover the world of the Royal Navy and RAF SAR teams.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Free with general admission.


Kurt Jackson: Line Caught and Local

  • 12 September 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Kurt Jackson, one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists has joined forces with National Maritime Museum Cornwall, developing a new collection of work called ‘Line Caught and Local’ which will open to the public on 15 September.

The new exhibition features a stunning series of paintings, drawings, sculpture, supporting film footage and fishing artefacts, as well as a rare glimpse at Kurt’s sketch books, offering an exhibition beyond the walls of the artwork and embracing the life and work of inshore fishermen in audio, film and handling objects.

The works have been created in situ and Kurt has been working, sailing and filming alongside Penwith fishermen who work out of the harbours and ports of West Cornwall. Using time honoured traditional methods, these men sail off in small boats catching crab, lobster, mackerel, bass, sardines and pollock, working with hand lines, nets and pots in acknowledgment of community based sustainable fishing methods.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Museum Minnows

Join the Museum Minnows at Falmouth's National Maritime Museum for a multi-sensory session designed especially for under fives. Visit on the 4th Friday at 13.30 for different activities every month, including a creative activity, storytelling and a magical journey to discover treasure.

How to obtain

It is free to attend Museum Minnows, after you have purchased your museum entry ticket. Booking is essential. To do so, call the museum on 01326 214532.