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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 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Viking exhibition

Interesting Viking exhibition and also thee boats from past Olympics. The cafe is well worth a visit with a good view of the harbour.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting Viking exhibition and also thee boats from past Olympics. The cafe is well worth a visit with a good view of the harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful and well designed place. It has something for everyone young and not so young alike. Being disabled and visually impaired usually means Limited access but not here, it was welcoming and accessible. Volunteers abound and enthusiastically pass on the history of our maritime history. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took out annual membership of the museum because the grandchildren, all under 7, love it so much. They never tire of playing rescues, Vikings, find the cat or just going up and down the ramps! The café is always a must and the coffee and cakes are excellent. It is sad that they stopped doing proper lunches... last time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent exhibits and lots of interactive ones for childen. Great view from the tower and good cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent an educational couple of hours in this museum. There is plenty of history from ancient to modern to learn about. An excellent exhibition on the Vikings is on to 2nd Jan 2017. I was impressed by the learning resources for children. There is a well thought-out tower where you can get a good view of Falmouth harbour, find out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have walked past this museum many times when visiting Falmouth, always promising myself that I would visit one day. Having finally made it, I am so pleased I did. This is a great little museum and well worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. The museum has a great sense of space - many of the exhibits are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to the museum while doing a tour of Cornwall. We both really liked the Viking exhibit, which pointed out that it wasn't all raiding. They weren't saints but they weren't monsters either. In the main hall many boats hang from the ceiling. We had fun picking our favorites (I liked the little cat-rigged boat). The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been waiting to visit this place since it opened - we do not get to Cornwall often. Nice building and great exhibits of all ages of sailing. I have kept my entry ticket so I can go again within 12 months.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent nearly 3 hours walking around the museum, every corner you turned there was more to look at, read and study! Very well laid out! Great value for money too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Viking boat and way of life display most interesting , now about to be dismantled so be quick if one wishes to view.

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