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.
Boatmen at night by river


  • 3 February — 6 July 2014 *on now

Our new exhibition invites you to enter the clandestine world of smuggling. Be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the heyday of smuggling in the 18th to early 19th centuries in this multi-sensory exhibition for all ages. Exquisite smuggling artefacts will take centre-stage, from an opium concealment loaned from the Border Force National Museum, to a tea chest from the mythical Cornish smuggling haunt, Jamaica Inn.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Boy holding a pistol with his index finger in front of his mouth


  • 5 — 17 April 2014 *on now

Enter our smugglers den and make your own flintlock pistol, pop-up smuggler and secret chest with a concealed compartment.

Suitable for

  • Any age


All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Girl holding binoculars

Free Traders Trail

  • 5 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Search high and low for the concealed contraband hidden around the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Boy holding a pistol with his index finger in front of his mouth

Shhh! Smugglers

  • 17 April 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm *on now

Join the Captain to hear tall tales of real smugglers, running secret cargoes into Cornish coves. Learn about The King of Prussia, Battling Billy, and Jack Rattenbury. Hear tales of Parminter, the Revenue man, and his black dog, Satan. You might learn some smugglers secrets too! So if you want to know your batman from your tubman and learn about stinkibus, come along my dears, but don't tell the Revenue men!

Suitable for

  • Any age


All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Child wearing a bunny mask

Chocoholic Chicks

  • 18 — 21 April 2014

Bounce into the Easter weekend: make your own magnificent bunny and chick masks. Plus cast your very own mini chocolate Easter egg. Pour the chocolate yourself and when it sets, wrap it up in shiny foil just like a real Easter egg.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.