Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Children exploring the cabinet of curiosities at Charlestown's Shipwreck Museum
Rare finds in Charlestown's Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Cornwall
Visitor viewing the world's only ever recovered barrel of coins at Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Descend the tunnels beneath the Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Visitors discovering ancient finds from the seabed at Charlestown's Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Delicate treasures uncovered at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Quay Road
St Austell
PL25 3NJ
Dog Friendly
Come on... Dive In!!

The museum is a treasure trove with over 8000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. The museum team has been working hard on a range of new measures to ensure the continued safety and well being of visitors and staff.

In order to ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained, the museum will initially be operating with reduced capacity. Visitors are requested to purchase timed-entry tickets online ahead of their visit to the museum to avoid disappointment, as entry will be staggered.

Staff have introduced a series of additional cleaning and hygiene measures on-site including enhanced cleaning of the high-frequency touchpoints and toilet facilities.

Located above the Historic Port of Charlestown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Shipwreck Museum shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown with an opportunity to venture through underground tunnels that were once used to load clay onto ships moored in the harbour. You will also be able to view the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe with nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.

There is a newly refurbished shop at the end of your visit offering a variety of nautical treasure, Poldark themed gifts, seaworthy books, authentic shipwreck coins and local Cornish souvenirs. We are also proud to offer an exclusive selection of fine wines, rum, cognac, and other goods that were delivered into Charlestown Harbour by the Grayhound, a three-masted custom lugger that travels around Europe selling high-quality food goods.

Guided tours are available for organised parties booked in advance.

Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult and have the option of challenging themselves with the shipwreck spy trail.

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum is also proud to be dog friendly. Your four-legged family members are most welcome provided they are on a lead.

Parking is available in the pay and display car park conveniently located across the road from the Shipwreck Museum.

For current opening hours, please visit our website at


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