National Maritime Museum Cornwall
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013 the multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries.
Museum, Transport heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site
Open daily, 7 days a week, 10-5pm.
Closed Christmas & Boxing Day.
Adults £11.00, Children (0-5) free, (6-15) £7.60, Senior (60+) £9.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £31.00. Groups receive discount on groups of 10+ Pay once and get in FREE for a full 12 months!
- Museums Association
- English Heritage
The library is open Tuesday - Saturday only
National Small Boat collection of about 140 boats and other objects & collectables.
Archives, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport
Search & Rescue
- 16 March 2012 — 1 February 2014 *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.
Opening on 16 March 2012, 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 (red and grey one side and yellow on the other) 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.
- Any age
Free with general admission.
Children (0-5) Free
Children (6-15) £6.50
From the Loft Floor
- 16 September 2013 — 13 January 2014 *on now
A stunning exhibition of illustrations by local artist Anna Cattermole, documenting the work of Luke Powell of Working Sail, who specialises in building traditional wooden pilot cutters. This exhibition provides a unique insight into the construction of these beautiful vessels which plied their trade around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the later parts of the 19th century.
Anna’s reportage drawings, produced on location in the boatyard, record the traditional methods and materials used and the skills and knowledge of those involved. This work is also supported by a display of traditional tools, models and documentary film footage.
Free with admission
Discovery Talk – St Mawes and back: A 40,000 mile voyage
- 29 January 2014 6:30-8pm
On 10 October 1991 Ellen Winser, her husband Tom and Jeremy Lang set sail from St Mawes on board Ardevora of Roseland, a 55ft aluminium ketch, and they returned to the same spot on 25 July 1995. In between they had sailed some 40,000 miles, visited 30 countries and experienced joy, pleasure, frustration, boredom, terror and sheer delight. Join Museum Chairman Ellen, as she shares some of their adventures.
Lecture £9.50 (Members £8.50), with two course buffet £19.50 (Members £17.50).
Build a Boat
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.