National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 3QY
England

Website

www.nmmc.co.uk

E-mail

enquiries@nmmc.co.uk

Telephone

01326 313388

Fax

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!

Discounts

  • 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.
Friendly Invasion

The Friendly Invasion

  • 12 June — 5 October 2014 *on now

An exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Can you imagine sharing the streets you call home with thousands of troops? Having to keep to a curfew in your own town? This exhibition will look back at the social impact on Falmouth’s residents at a time when troops were preparing for the D-Day landings.

Admission

Free with general admission

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

Admission

Free with general admission.

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/search_rescue/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Smugglers Cove illustration

Smuggler's Cove Play Zone

  • 12 July — 3 September 2014 *on now

Enter this interactive playzone, full of colourful characters from Cornwall’s past. Play cops and robbers and rummage like a Revenue man or dress up to conceal the contraband. Touch and smell the illicit items and see who can hide their haul the quickest.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free with general admission

Smelly smugglers trail illustration

Smelly Smugglers Trail

  • 21 July — 3 September 2014 *on now

Follow your nose and find the smuggler's stash hidden around the museum. Take a sniff to identify the illicit items.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
Crabbing

Come Crabbing!

  • 21 July — 3 September 2014 *on now

We’ll supply the line, bucket and bait – and we’ll do the messy bits! All you have to do is see how many crabs you can catch from our pontoon.

Weather and tides permitting. Adult supervision required.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Places limited - please book and pay 50p on arrival.

Swashbuckling pirates

Swashbuckling Pirates

  • 3 September 2014 From 12pm *on now

Avast ye landlubbers! Make a pirate hat, create a parrot for your shoulder and lots more buccaneer booty in our swashbuckling pirate themed weeks.

All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/swashbuckling_pirates3/

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

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?page=Whats_On&id=92&eventid=369

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.

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