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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Address: | Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 313388
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Nice relaxed lunch

Nice setting good prices....freshly prepared sandwiches and desserts with a good choice of drinks! Good view of the harbour too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice setting good prices....freshly prepared sandwiches and desserts with a good choice of drinks! Good view of the harbour too!

Thank hypnoticjohn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great mix of activities, entertainment and history for children of all ages. The pirate telling story (with real pirate) was especially special for a couple of young boys. Tip, once you pay entry once its good for a year!

Thank Mark L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Doesn't take long to get round, but the Viking exhibition was worth the entry fee on its own. If you are just a big kid at heart, then the interactive stuff is fun.

Thank Raymond C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Needed more for the children. They were bored and we didn't get to appreciate the museum. The leaflet is a bit misleading, makes it look very child orientated.

Thank Carina123456
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing fascinating museum - totally family friendly, kids can move around safely, play on things, listen to stuff and generally soak up the atmosphere - our Grandkids have practically grown up there - visit for free after your first paid visit, keep your ticket. The cafe used to be excellent but I think cutbacks have reduced the menu and certainly... More 

Thank hortophagus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't bother with this museum. You can be round it in less than an hour.waste of space.total boredom.national my bottom.

2 Thank steveblanks555555
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice place to visit ,but be aware of car parking, Loverly area to go, but on arrive home week later car parking ticket for what we have no idea, Paid the amount displyed the badges as we had a disabled person with us ,the letter states driver became liable for parking charge what that means no idea ,and we are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite being a national museum this does cost to get in. Also not concession rate for older people. Good mixture of interactive things to keep kids busy and detailed historical info for others. Looks at current and historical vessels. Is placed in nice spot to explore surrounding area too.

Thank choccycakelover
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure what any one who gave this the good reviews are used to but this was poor. The building is modern and it has a great contemporary lay out but a museum lives or dies by it's exhibits. So nothing or next to nothing about for example Titanic, the RNLI, the Royal Navy, submarines, Dunkirk etc etc. And for... More 

2 Thank NoEllis82
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit. Most interesting and informative. Staff brilliant. Premises very clean and tidy. Gift shop extensive and not expensive which makes a change.

Thank njjeryd

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