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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Where else in the world can you jump aboard a Viking ship and meet the Vikings, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail, climb a 100ft tower and touch Olympic boats all in one day?

So much more than just a Museum about boats, explore the stories of the people who used these vessels and the adventures they had in them.  Ascend the 100ft Look Out tower and see Falmouth’s famous harbour from the skies; descend into the Tidal Zone to appreciate one of only three natural underwater galleries in the world; and be spellbound by a sky filled with a flotilla of flying boats. Explore our maritime heritage and heroes, discover Cornwall’s past, its people and the part they played in making Britain great.

With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there’s so much happening, don’t miss your chance for a visit to this stunning attraction in Cornwall.

Rainy day things to do in Cornwall The National Maritime Museum Cornwall Viking ExhibitionThe Viking Voyagers exhibition is displayed until 2nd January 2017, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to take an epic journey into the Viking world with hands on objects, chance climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship great opportunity to have history brought to life. And for 2016 delve into the Dragon’s Den (from March to October) where horrible, hairy history comes to life in a hands-on, slide on, dress up, dragon riding, sword wielding experience.

Our allaboutcornwall family of two children aged 7 and 10, parents and grandparents visited the Museum one very cold rainy afternoon on the run up to Christmas and found it a great place to visit and one that everyone enjoyed.  We could thoroughly recommend the museum particularly for those looking for rainy day things to do in Cornwall.  For the boisterous 7 year old boy there were lifeboats, rescue jet skis and Viking boats to climb on, for the quieter girl a quiz trail and free Christmas craft activities to join in with.  Everyone enjoyed sailing mini sailing ships in the artificial windFamily days out in Cornwall National Maritime Museum Sailing Ship (50p charge) and the interactive exhibits held everyone’s attention. Viewing Falmouth harbour from the look-out tower and going beneath the sea to see what could be seen (unfortunately nothing on that day but we are sure it is great when things are swimming past the large underwater windows) were exciting.  The staff were friendly and informative and happy to chat about the exhibitions.  The café was good quality and reasonably priced with sandwiches, soup and pasties for under £5.  At first the entrance fee seemed high to us but on visiting we feel it offers value for money particularly with the added benefit that once you have paid you can return again an unlimited number of times free in the same year – excellent for locals and holiday makers experiencing the wrath of the Cornish weather. A fun and educational day out and one we could recommend for those looking for family days out in Cornwall.

Silver winner of UK Heritage Attraction of the Year at the 2014 British Travel Awards National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries, over five floors exploring our maritime heritage and heroes.

Open daily 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Tel: 01326 313388



2016 prices*:
Adults £12, Children, £8.50, (0-5) free, Senior (60+) £10, Students £8.50, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £33.50. Groups receive discount on groups of 10+   Pay once and get in FREE for a full 12 months! *prices correct at going to print

Things to do in Cornwall National Maritime Museum Main Hall with hanging boats