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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 - 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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An exhibition with a difference

First time visiting Falmouth & the Museum. Came to view the tattoo exhibit in particular. A bright modern building with v.helpful staff. Easy to navigate the excellent Bligh... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time visiting Falmouth & the Museum. Came to view the tattoo exhibit in particular. A bright modern building with v.helpful staff. Easy to navigate the excellent Bligh & tattoo exhibits. Great to see what is considered an alternative subject shown alongside the familiar & the connections between both. More like this please 😊

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots to see and do and learn, cafe very good as well nice food and staff excellent throughout the museum

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited a couple of days before their new 2017 exhibition opened so exhibits limited, however the ticket price wasn't - full price, but with a free cup of tea as a consolation prize. For the price (£11) good but lacking.While the ticket is good for a year it is 4 hours from home so won't be rushing back.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked this separately from my daughter for the planetarium experience for my 5 year old granddaughter.when we got there we were told we have to buy a pass for the year at around £10 each,as there were 3 adults you can imagine our shock,no one told us on the phone when we booked about this bearing in mind 2... More 

Thank Helen P
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum that I visit every time I'm in Cornwall. There is inertactive section for kids, and adults alike. The permanent exhibitions brings Cornish and maritime history alive. This years temporary exhibition is Tatoos and Mutiny on the Bounty, which are strangely linked (I won't spoil it for you!) Even better your entry ticket lasts 12 months.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although i have been before i visited again for the Tattoo exhibition which i did find fascinating. On there website the admission price said £12.50 but when we arrived was asked for £12.95 and they would not budge so not good start. Also no o.a.p. discount. I know,i know,just another old git moaning but after paying to park in there... More 

Thank chris O
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It cost £12.95 each to gain entry. Ok, this does give you a 1 year membership and allows you to go in free within the year, but as a visitor to Falmouth, there is little to no chance of me returning within the year. For the £12.95, there was an exhibit for Captain Blyh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame.... More 

Thank Andy M
Bideford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to visit,always a good cafe with great views of the harbour. Friendly guides make for a good day out.

Thank Nick P
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see the new tattoo exhibition that is there till Jan 2018. What a great place! What a great and comprehensive exhibition.. Ive been to a few.. being in the trade and never come across one like this. There is something for everyone there, whether in the trade, or just interested in tattoos or even for those that may... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum contains a number of interesting exhibits, and quite a lot of material to illustrate and educate - e.g. On weather, navigation and much else. Most of the exhibits are in the main hall (- and visible standing at the entrance), but there are smaller, galleries containing more specialist and detailed exhibits - for instance on the history of... More 

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