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.
Man wearing white suit holding a sunflower umbrella

Douglas Dapper: The Story Explorer

  • 29 July 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

The Story Explorer smuggles himself into the Museum and goes on a rummage for stories of kegs and contraband. Adult supervision required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

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

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

Smugglers!

  • 21 July — 3 August 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

Admission

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

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.

Knot tying activity

Get Knotted!

  • 28 July 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Don’t know a bowline from a sheepshank? Learn the ropes in our knot tying workshop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with museum entrance ticket.

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

Shhh! Smugglers

  • 31 July 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

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

Admission

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/shhh_smugglers1/

Beside the Sea

Beside the Sea

  • 4 — 10 August 2014

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside … Make your very own rescue helicopter, seagull glider, lifeboat money box and more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/beside_the_sea1/

Douglas Dapper

Douglas Dapper the Story Explorer

  • 5 August 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

The Story Explorer dips his toes into another adventure, exploring the story of an ancient coastal village and how he helped a search and rescue helicopter find a canoeist.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/douglas_dapper_-_the_story_explorer1/

Meet the Crews

Meet the Crews

  • 7 August 2014 11am-3:30pm

Join the crew from 771 Squadron. Dress as a member of the crew, get to grips with the equipment, climb inside a Sea King helicopter and learn what it takes to keep the Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopters flying.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/royal_navy_sar111/

Two young girls smiling while holding their paper fish

Go Fish!

  • 11 — 17 August 2014

Get creative and make your own fish masks, googly eyed lobster and paper plate fish with our fabulous fishing themed activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/go_fish1/

Group of children at the workshop

Free Flying Fish

  • 12 August 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Follow Nicholas Dark-knees as he leaves his old life behind and sets out on a voyage of discovery to three strangely inhabited islands.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/free_flying_fish31/

Crustacean Animation

Crustacean Animation

  • 14 August 2014 11am-3:30pm

Make your own characters come to life in a short film, using stop-motion Claymation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Myths and Monsters

Myths and Monsters

  • 18 — 24 August 2014

Discover a land steeped in myths and legends. Make monstrous Morgawr masks and magical mermaid puppets, with a week of activities inspired by Cornish folklore.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/myths_monsters_and_magic11/

Man wearing white suit holding a sunflower umbrella

Douglas Dapper: The Story Explorer

  • 19 August 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Join the Story Explorer on his quest to find the truth behind the marvellous monstrosities and bizarre beasties from Cornwall’s past. Adult supervision required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/doug111112/

Ropemaking

Hands On History - Rope Making

  • 21 August 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Discover the significance of this humble material and its importance to the industrial and maritime history of Cornwall and beyond. Times: 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30. Adult supervision required.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/hands_on_history2121/

Two girls dressed as swashbuckling Pirates

Swashbuckling Pirates

  • 25 — 27 August 2014

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

Where

Quarterdeck

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/swashbuckling_pirates3211/

Douglas Dapper's Big Splash

Douglas Dapper - The Story Eplorer

  • 26 August 2014 11:30am-12pm, 2-2:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Yo Ho Ho Douglas Dapper!

Douglas sets sail to uncover swashbuckling skulduggery and reveal the meaning behind 'the skull and crossbones'.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Admission

Free with Museum entrance ticket

Website

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/doug11111141/

Creative crafts

Terrific Tall Ships

  • 28 — 31 August 2014

Make and take a tall ships collage, Packet ship scene and compass rose badge.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE with museum ticket.

Website

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

Swashbuckling pirates

Swashbuckling Pirates

  • 1 — 2 September 2014 12-3:30pm
  • 3 September 2014 From 12pm

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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