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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Falmouth Maritime History

An excellent insight into Maritime history. Plenty of staff around to answer any questions. The re-building of Captain Blythe's ship (after he was cast aside after the mutiny), to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent insight into Maritime history. Plenty of staff around to answer any questions. The re-building of Captain Blythe's ship (after he was cast aside after the mutiny), to original plans & using methods of construction at the time, is a must see. Plenty of interactive things in the museum for both adults and children to participate in.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited today with our toddler grandchild so that we could visit during the next year. Had a snack and then went to find the play area that we visited before but it had disappeared. Apparently it is only there in the summer period. Really disappointed as we are locals have been before and this was the main reason we revisited.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited in January and just after the Viking Exhibition had been removed and before the next exhibit had been put in place - we paid a reduced price due to this. Having said that the museum was uninspiring. Maybe if you have children the interactive exhibits would have been ok (a couple were not working on the day). The view... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been here many times over the past few years, but the museum is rapidly turning into a crèche. Whilst we were there, there was one playgroup with seven children present and another group of six unruly children which really spoilt our enjoyment of what used to be a very good museum. Because of the noise, we went elsewhere... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As one of the few all-weather attractions in Cornwall, the Maritime Museum was our plan for the wettest day of our break. The main museum is basically a huge hall, with small to medium sized boats on the floor and suspended. There is a wealth of information on the placards, with some very interesting displays about survival stories and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum on the waterfront at Falmouth. Exhibits very well presented and there are regular changes in featured exhibitions. Not expect a complete history of British wartime history but it covers periods relevant to Cornwall particular well, especially the Postal Packet shipping (it was quicker for international correspondence to London to be dropped off at Falmouth and taken by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good displays, interesting Bounty replica, Viking exhibition was good, good cafe with views over harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The viking exhibit was quite good and the boats hung from the ceiling made a small space have a lot to see. Well worth it.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow what an interesting place to visit,plenty of boats to see and a lot of information about them. Also information about weather forecast and how it is done really interesting. For the hungry visitor there is a very nice cafe within the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family loved this museum even though we normally have no interest in boats! There's so much to look at and it's all laid out really well. Ben Ainslie's Olympic-winning boats, a fascinating section on various dramatic stories of shipwreck survival, local Cornish history, meteorology, tides, navigation...it's all here and more. It has lots of interesting and fun interactive displays,... More 

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