National Maritime Museum Cornwall

 With over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, exciting temporary exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects there’s plenty to explore at th

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent Museum celebrating the influence of the sea on history and culture and telling the story of Cornwall’s incredible maritime heritage.

  • Collections The museum’s collections consist of a unique range of objects, boats, art, books and archives
  • The National Small Boat Collection The museum is home to this collection of national importance, representative of boats from the UK and around the world
  • Cornwall galleries Explore the Cornwall galleries to discover stories of Cornwall and The Sea
  • Boatbuilding See shipwrights at work in the boat building workshop
  • 15 galleries Incredible maritime heritage
  • The Bartlett Library and Maritime Research Centre Houses a diverse collection of maritime reference books, periodicals, and archive material.
  • 100 foot Lookout Tower Amazing panoramic views over Falmouth harbour.
  • Waterside Café The best views in Falmouth

MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION FOR 2018 - Titanic Stories

A major new temporary exhibition examining the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15 April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century. Working in collaboration with private collectors from overseas and national museums in the UK, ‘Titanic Stories’ presents rare and never-seen-before objects and items, as well as retelling the personal stories of many of the survivors, victims and descendants of the Titanic disaster, including those from Cornwall. Alongside documentary and personal photographs, letters, newspaper cuttings, and compelling items such as a handkerchief waved from a lifeboat and a First-Class passenger list found in the pocket of a victim are on display. In addition to the many historic objects, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall have also commissioned a number of large-scale new installation pieces, including an exact, life-size replica of Lifeboat 13, made by specialist boat builders in Falmouth. We have also worked with a Cornish-based artist to create a visually-stunning representation of the iceberg suspended over the lifeboat. The sculpture will be formed from 2208 monkey’s fist knots, each representing a survivor or victim.


Renowned for being a museum that says ‘Climb Aboard’ rather than ‘Don’t touch!’ every year the Learning team put on 118 days of activities, from story-telling to make-and-takes, dress up and lots more.

New for 2018!

  • Play Zone: Treasure Island – opens 26 March
  • February ½ term: Science of the Sea
  • Easter + Summer holidays: Pirate School!
  • October ½ term: Ghost Ships

Check NMMC.CO.UK for dates + times + further information. Don’t forget you can pay once, get in free all year!

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