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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 313388
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Description: Voted the UK's most family friendly Museum 2014, Cornwall's best Museum...
Voted the UK's most family friendly Museum 2014, Cornwall's best Museum 2014 and 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. The multi-award winning Museum has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation. With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there's so much happening, don't miss your chance for a visit.
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Lots to keep visitors of all ages facinated

We were blown away by this place. Phenomenal building which allows craft to be displayed ceiling-hung so that you can view from above and below. The displays are really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Kendal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were blown away by this place. Phenomenal building which allows craft to be displayed ceiling-hung so that you can view from above and below. The displays are really informative and give you a real insight into the lives of mariners through the ages. Nice little café with some great cakes and coffee. A find!

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Always wanted to visit museum, and see historical items from the great days of exploration, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen etc. Very little to see in the way of artifacts. Museum has lots of modern day exhibits such as the mirror dingy, and Kenneth Branagh's costume from the filming of "Shackleton" in 2003! Nothing from that great (and famous) expedition. Some simulators,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend! Love the new Viking exhibition. Well worth visiting. The entry ticket is for a year. Alot to see and do. Cafe really good, great fresh sandwiches.

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Denmead, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I was looking forward to our visit to the maritime museum but found it disappointing. The flow of the museum didn't work and you had to work hard to make sure you didn't miss anything. There was a school part using one of the rooms so didn't get to see what was in there. Entry was expensive for what you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

this museum is well worth a visit and we were happily occupied for hours..even after the sun came out! We will return to see the viking exhibition.

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Gunnislake, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

An excellent venue to read and study maritime history, very good exibitions and lots of factual reading

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Bath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A wet day, wasn't over enthusiastic when it was suggested we went but very pleased we did. On entry to the building there is an excellent shop with a large variety of nautically-related items. The Museum is light, airy and houses a large number of different craft on 2 floors, ranging from Ben Ainslie's yacht to Chinese suicide boats !... More 

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Many and various boats. Viking exhibition coming soon. Interesting navigation floor. View from the top would have been lovely had the weather been not so misty!

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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

An impromptu visit and a couple of hours well spent with the family. We were not sure what to expect in terms of size of the building and exhibitions. We went out of season and what a time to visit. We had the place more or less to ourselves so were able to take our time with the exhibits. Must... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This was a disappointment. There were a few interesting exhibits such as the packet ships and the exhibit on survival at sea. The view from the top of the tower of the harbour and docks was great. The view from the bottom of the tower left much to be desired however. As the tide was at mid level the water... More 

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