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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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Family friendly fun !

Amazing place to visit , loved the fact our boys could actually get on lots of the exhibits , lots of interesting stuff for adults and children . Very friendly volunteers .

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing place to visit , loved the fact our boys could actually get on lots of the exhibits , lots of interesting stuff for adults and children . Very friendly volunteers .

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Mylor Bridge, Falmouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum isn't fusty boring, it's interactive and full of interesting stuff for parents for adults and kids alike. The craft activities run by fun employees for the children provide a welcome break for adults. It isn't cheap but neither is the quality of what's offered. Plan to spend a chunk of time here, and the cafe is good, not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic day here my children that came love it from my 2 year old to my 13 year old there's plenty to do for all. The views across Falmouth are amazing from the lookout tower. The viking display was really good and we all enjoyed it. It's a really interactive museum with lots of things the children... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very expensive to get in - £35 for a family inc a guide book. The guide book is thin and sets the level for the rest of the visit. The viking exhibition is pretty reasonable as are the stories of close escapes and rescues. Beyond that it's pretty lack lustre with several interactive boards not working. There is an on... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

On holiday in Cornwall and we're taken to here for a day. A day really isn't enough to enjoy this great place! The vikings were fantastic (if a bit scary!) The exhibits were factual but fun and my son (7) loved being able to touch things, get in and on bits and enjoy a real hands on museum! When we... More 

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Stock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It probably helps to have an interest in boats to get the most out of this museum! Luckily I do and I thought that this was a great family attraction. There are any number of historic small boats housed in the building plus plenty of hands-on activities for the kids, from sailing model yachts to practising knot tying! Add to... More 

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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A very hard to beat for value place to visit. We love it here and visit every opportunity we get. The restaurant does very good food too.

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Gloucester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting visit although quite expensive , many historical facts about maritime past. Was great to see the Olympic boats

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited museum with husband, son, daughter in law, and grandchildren aged 4 and 8 years. There was a Viking Exhibition at the time. Every one of us enjoyed our visit. The 8 year old was fascinated by the Vikings and bought a book about them in the shop. The standard displays of various boats was also very interesting. Lots of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went during the Viking exhibition which was an added bonus, but otherwise there is plenty to see: examples of sailing boats; pilchard fishing; and the life of a lighthouse keeper.

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