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.


In line with government guidelines, the Museum has implemented a number of essential measures to keep everyone in their building safe.


To stagger entry and help maintain social distancing they have introduced timed arrival slots. Every visitor to the Museum will need to pre-book their slot, including Members and valid Annual Pass holders. Each slot has a limited amount of spaces available and without a booking we may not be able to allow you entry.

The Museum is open as usual each day from 10am to 5pm (last entry is 3.30pm) and you’re welcome to stay as long as you like.

They ask that to help maintain social distancing you do not arrive before your time slot. If you arrive after your time slot they may not be able to allow you entry. If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19), please save your visit for another time.

Monsters of the Deep

The latest major exhibition from National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Take a deep breath and plunge down to the dark murky depths of the ocean and discover the monsters that lurk beneath. Are there krakens with tentacles two miles long and giant sharks as big as skyscrapers?

Explore the centuries-old myths and legends, when chance sightings and odd appearances led to tall tales of deep sea creatures. Learn how, even today, these stories continue to capture imaginations, fulled by fake news and conspiracy theories.

"This is a show to plumb the imagination. For the adults it might be almost as philosophical as it is fun for the kids … I took two 11-year-olds along and the pair of them couldn’t talk about anything else for the entire journey home.” - The Times

This exhibition will run until December 2022.

What else is here

With over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, exciting exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts and memorabilia, there’s plenty to explore at this family friendly museum.

This Autumn at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall:

  • Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed - returning after a three year national tour October 16th
  • 2021 Lecture Series - intellectual and thought-provoking talks, from hunting monsters with Dr Darren Nash to exploring tattooing as a marginalised art form with Dr Matt Lodder
  • Halloween at the Museum - family friendly halloween themed events and activities taking place during October half term
  • Lanterns & Lights - a display of festive lights and make and take trails to celebrate Christmas at the museum

School Holidays

From story-telling and live demonstrations to make-and-takes and dressing up we're a museum that says 'climb aboard'.

Visit our website for dates, times and more information about school holiday activities.

Pay once, get in free all year!

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