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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Address: | Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY, England
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+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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Fascinating and well laid out

We enjoyed a wet January afternoon in the museum. There was a great deal to look at and take in. We did not have children with us but I am sure they would have appreciated the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed a wet January afternoon in the museum. There was a great deal to look at and take in. We did not have children with us but I am sure they would have appreciated the space to roam and hands-on activities. Having many boats suspended from the ceiling and the design of the walkways between the floors enables visitors... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had long wanted to visit this museum and was not disappointed. Lots of exhibits of sailing boats through the years and history on sailing around Falmouth. Seemed to be very family friendly with exhibits to get in/on and a pool where you can sail a pond yacht by remote control. Lovely views from the tower, pleasant cafe. Perhaps a... More 

Thank debi-donut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our 5 and almost 3 year old to this museum on Saturday 12th Feb 17. From what I'd been told I was expecting more interactive things to do but it really was what it said on the tin, a museum. They enjoyed climbing on the jet ski and into the boots but you have to take your shoes... More 

Thank Diva27
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in today as we do every time we are in Falmouth. I think this is a great addition to Falmouth and worth a visit. However this is our third visit (now with a 12yr old). There was no exhibition on - just tots making planet mobiles. I hate to say it but we did the lot in less than... More 

Thank mrsmeeke
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We initially thought it expensive but we were amazed at this modern museum. It has a interesting collection of boats and other maritime objects. The ongoing project in the workshop was also interesting to see. Of particular interest was the tower which also goes two floors below sea level at high tide. We also availed ourselves of a talk at... More 

Thank Lionel T
Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A modern, well presented museum for all things maritime. If you know a little bit about the subject you could really enthuse children about maritime subjects; however even if you know nothing there is plenty to see and the exhibits are well labelled. It is a bit expensive - but there again it is in a great location with fish... More 

Thank Laniley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I quickly popped into the Museum as we had not been there for six years and still enjoyed our visit.

Thank Heather B
Alton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what we expected. Maybe too much. A collection of boats and touch screen display discriptions. For £9 each it doesn't offer much in entertainment. Maybe a guided tour would have been nice

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right on the sea front easy to find with nearby parking. Loads of really interesting boats old and newer .lots models and real boats that both adults and the kids will enjoy.

Thank globaluser
Oxfordshire, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had high hopes for this museum, expecting it to be like the other large maritime museums we've visited around the country. It looked promising from the outside - nice area with plenty of car parking and restaurants and lovely views of the harbour. We opted to pay £3.50 extra each to upgrade our tickets to an annual pass but... More 

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