National Maritime Museum Cornwall

...award-winning new generation museum

The winner of multiple awards, the internationally-renowned National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s premier visitor attractions.

The harbour town’s illustrious nautical heritage is the focus at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the eye-catching building housed right on the edge of Falmouth’s attractive waterfront.

Falmouth is steeped in maritime history, and the harbour on which the museum is located is a vibrant buzz of restaurants, cafés and regular boat trips.

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A far cry from the stuffy reputation which at one time stigmatised museums, the NMMC represents a new generation of visitor attraction.

The purpose-built museum is a fine example of contemporary architecture and is home to one of the largest collection of maritime artefacts and small boats (over 150) in the UK, second only, in fact, to its sister museum in London.

Exhibitions, interactive displays, audio-visual experiences, and regular events make it an essential day out for anyone enjoying a holiday or short break in Falmouth, whether sailing enthusiasts or otherwise.

At the Waterfront, an indoor lake complete with obligatory stiff breezes, you can have a dabble at sailing radio-controlled yachts.
The Lookout tower boasts stunning views across Falmouth harbour, the docks and the Fal estuary, and includes a range of interactive displays plus binoculars and telescopes to give you an even closer look.

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And the Tidal Zone provides a unique perspective of underwater life in the Fal estuary - as the tide gradually rises the distant views are taken over by a seascape filled with fish, crabs and other marine life.

The museum has piled up the awards over the years, voted ‘Cornwall Family Attraction of the Year’ by the Good Britain Guide in 2003, as well as Visitor ‘Attraction of the Year’ two years running (2007 and 2008) at the Cornwall Tourism Awards, and ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2008-2009.

Park & Float

Make your visit that bit extra special by using the Park & Ride or Float facility located on the outskirts of Falmouth – use the park & ride service (free bus) or arrive in style by taking the 'Falmouth Flyer', with the added bonus of fast-track entry, by sailing down to the museum.

The museum opens its doors every day of the year from 10am-5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015