Monsters of the Deep

20 Mar 2020 to 3 Jan 2021
National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY


Museum Closure

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is paramount to us so it is with regret that we have decided to temporarily close National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Read our full statement.


Opening Friday 20th March

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.

Become a 19th century pioneer scientist aboard HMS Challenger and advance our understanding of the sea. Handle real objects, try out the microscopes and understand what it felt like to be an explorer aboard a floating laboratory.

Progress to the modern day and discover how today’s scientists explore the seas aboard submersibles, going deeper and further into uncharted waters. Get lost amongst specially selected specimens, the real monsters of the deep – more beautiful and fantastical that any of us could have imagined.

To complement ‘Monsters of the Deep’ the Museum is hosting a brand new lecture series, including a talk on ‘Hunting Monsters’ by internally recognised palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish on Thursday 16 April. Other talks include ‘Treasured Maps’ with archivist David Thomas from Kresen Kernow on Thursday 7 May and ‘Maps, Globes and Monsters’ with Dr Megan Barford, Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich on Thursday 15 October.


Discover tiny beasts with The Rock Pool Project in ‘Mini Monsters of the Not So Deep’ on Monday 25 to Friday 29 May. Visitors will have the chance to learn how to rock pool safely and which creatures can be found on Cornwall’s beaches.



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