National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
With over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, exciting new exhibitions every year, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects, there’s plenty to explore. Located in a breathtaking location overlooking aptly named Discovery Quay in the centre of Falmouth, The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an award winning museum celebrating the sea.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Karl N
    Braunton, United Kingdom802 contributions
    It’s a good place to visit
    This was a good visit and we had an enjoyable time. Lots of famous craft in there. It’s a bit sparse which is a bit disappointing as it’s quite expensive to get in. But you can return for free for the year if you gift aid it.
    Dear Karl N, I am thrilled to read that you enjoyed your recent visit to National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I do hope we'll see you again soon. Best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 21 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Morgan C
    Falmouth, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Great experience, amazing events.
    Great place to go, especially on a rainy day. Lots of the best things to do in Cornwall are all outside so it's fantastic to have an option when the weather isn't playing ball! Lots of really interesting history and they put on fantastic events!
    Dear MorganCart150, Thank you for taking the time to review National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I am delighted to read that you enjoy visiting the Museum and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 13 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • SJDevon
    Ashburton, United Kingdom346 contributions
    Good rainy day attraction
    Quite expensive especially as they don’t give a discounted rate for OAP’s. When I asked I was told that once you are over 18 you are an adult and that’s it. The museum is good with an interesting selection of boats but didn’t take that long to get around. The coffee shop was doing a roaring trade and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. Very kind and helpful staff, especially the gentleman working at the boat pool where you can try to operate your own little remote controlled yacht against the wind. Definitely the most fun of the museum.
    Dear SJDevon21, Thank you for taking the time to share your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I'm delighted to read that you particularly enjoyed the Boat Pool and that you found the boats interesting. I hope you manage to explore our Cornwall and Falmouth galleries where we share stories of local maritime history. The admission fee allows for 12 months of free visits - you pay one and get in free for a year. I do hope you can make the most of your annual pass and we'll see you again soon. Best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 20 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Janefandtonyj
    St Ives, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Ok - ish
    We went to view the new Pirate exhibition. It was ok but overall disappointing. It’s quite expensive to go - £17 for an adult. The first part you see is the small craft area which was interesting and took about 30 mins. We then entered the Pirate exhibition. Have to say it was pretty disappointing. Quite a bit of repetition about some of the pirates. It would have been good to hear about how the piracy years finally ended and who did that. There is of course the obligatory LBGTQ section ( it’s possible that some pirates were gay said the banner - who’d have guessed !!! )and BLM area. I can’t understand the reason for this. We went to read about pirates and see artefacts - I don’t care if they are gay, white, black or a comely shade of green. About another 30 minutes for this part. The final bit was the exhibition about tattoos 15 minutes. Quite interesting this. Nice view from the tower and some interesting facts about Falmouth. So, overall it’s about an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half visit. The cafe was busy so didn’t use it.
    Dear Janefandtonyj, Thank you for the feedback on your recent visit to National Maritime Museum Cornwall. We don't cover 'how the piracy years finally ended' as piracy still happens today. The exhibition focuses on the 'Golden Age' of piracy, however when the show goes to Greenwich the team there plan to include more on modern piracy. For us, ensuring that we tell a broad range of stories is really important. We try not to look at history through one lens, and aim to look through many to understand what was truly happening at the time and how someone's experiences were shaped by who they were. I hope this provides some context on why we include a section on Queer Pirates and Black Caesar. You didn't mention if you visited our Cornwall Galleries. Across three floors we have a number of galleries dedicated to local maritime history. If you missed these, your admission is an annual pass and you can come back within a year for free to visit them. With best wishes, Lindsey Skinner
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • johne
    Bath, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Overpriced
    At £16.90 for adults (no concessions) I thought it way overpriced for the limited displays. No plan of the venue with the ticket. That’s another £5. Aside from the cafe there seemed to be only one bench for visitors wanting to rest.
    Dear Sunshine05528970251, I am sorry to read your review of the Museum. I will share your comments with the wider management team. Best wishes, Lindsey Skinner
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • CSW35
    London, United Kingdom32 contributions
    Disappointing
    Pirate exhibition was very disappointing. Boring for a ten year old and grown ups alike. The worst bit was the opening film selling a video game. Very poor value for money.
    Dear CSW35, I am sorry to read your review of the Pirates exhibition. The first half of the exhibition looks at how and why we think of pirates the way we do. The video game at the beginning is the latest depiction of pirates and is designed to immerse visitors in the world of piracy before signposting them into the rest of the show. I hope this explains some of the thinking behind this. With warmest best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Brian4090
    2 contributions
    Pirate exhibition disappointing
    Compared to previous exhibitions, the pirate exhibition was really disappointing. Not much interactive things for kids, we walked round in 5 mins. Compared to the monsters of the sea one it was really disappointing. Pirate academy was not age appropriate, kids came away talking about legs being cut off, and 3 year old didn't want to listen anymore due to the content. Show was really long and many kids didn't sit through the whole thing. There should of been a warning of content before, or a min age. We love maritime museum and still lots to do there, but if your going just to see pirate exhibition, I wouldn't bother.
    Dear Brian4090, I am disappointed to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The Pirates exhibition was designed with a range of audiences in mind. Throughout the exhibition there are multi-sensory treasure chests especially for children so I hope you found these dotted throughout the gallery. I am sorry that a content warning wasn't given for the Pirate Academy show you saw. A warning should have been given, as it was for the other shows. Thank you for your feedback on the length - something for us to bear in mind in the future. Best wishes, Lindsey Skinner
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Shayoleigh
    1 contribution
    Disappointing and Overcrowded
    Having visited the NMM several times before for various exhibitions me and my partner were keen to visit once again for the Pirate exhibition. Having attended their Monsters of the Deep exhibition which was incredible, we had high hopes only for that to be dashed. The actual ground floor of the museum was far to crowded with about 200 children, all seemingly under the age of 6/7, causing absolute chaos, jumping on displays and generally being a nuisance with no staff telling them off, instead simply standing and watching instead. The Pirate exhibition was incredibly disappointing. Did the whole thing in about 15 minutes and nowhere near as good as previous exhibitions. Partly due to being too crowded. Not sure if they’d have a leg to stand on in the event of a fire and building capacity! Couldn’t get anywhere near the tattoo display as it’s next to a children’s play area which was rammed too. Avoided the cafe as yet again, far too crowded. Only real nice bit that was quiet enough to actually read things in peace were the Cornish Galleries, which houses some of my own family history.
    Dear shaydabbsphoto, Over the Easter holidays we were busy and we did enjoy seeing lots of families over the break. As a result there were areas of the museum that got busier than usual. One area is the RNLI Rescue Zone where children are encouraged to climb on the rescue vehicles and pretend to be RNLI crew. Please be assured that we take the care of our collections very seriously and would never allow any mistreatment of museum objects. I do hope that now you have an annual pass (which allows you free entry for a year) you'll come back to explore the galleries you found too busy on the day. With warmest best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Matthew M
    Enfield, United Kingdom68 contributions
    Exceeded expectations for family visit
    Great experience visiting with family of 4 with two children 6 years old and 3 years old. Plenty to do and see. Exceeded expectations. Modern yet, traditional museum. Most of the exhibits are hands on, including radio controlled boats, telescope from viewing lookout, and screens to take part in activities like design boats. The temporary pirate exhibition over Easter was really good, and the pirate show was fun and entertaining. Small soft play area was clean and nicely presented. Staff in main museum friendly. Only downside was cafe from our experience which was overpriced and staff seemed to not be coping with customers. Best to bring your lunch and use picnic area provided perhaps. We would also say to make sure you park in adjacent long term car par rather than short term one next to it to allow sufficient time.
    Hello matthewmA7536DS, Thank you for taking the time to review National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum. Sorry to hear the Cafe didn't meet expectations during your visit - I'll make sure to pass on your comments to the Cafe Manager. With warmest best wishes, Lindsey
    Written 24 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Nicola R
    12 contributions
    Overpriced
    I was disappointed with the exception of the small boats gallery there was little in the way of actual exhibits. Lots of well written boards but lacking actual detailed history. The pirates exhibit was more about video games and theatrical pirates with again few actual exhibits. For example the pirates of the caribbean costume was simply a high street replica. If I wanted to just read about this stuff there is more information on the Internet. Surely the point of a museum is the actual exhibits. The associated car park was also a total rip off at £2.20 an hour avoid. The museum cafe had no staff to serve us at 15.00 we waited for 10 mins until someone else in the queue went and fetched someone from the kitchen. The chair seat was wet too and the tables unwashed.
    Dear F9867RNnicolar, I am disappointed to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. We have 15 galleries across the Museum and within them are a number of displays which consist of an array of maritime related objects and artefacts. I hope you found our Cornwall Galleries where we tell stories of the county's maritime past through wonderful objects and interactive displays. I am sorry about the issues you had at the Cafe. This has been passed to the Cafe team for further review. Best wishes, Lindsey Skinner
    Written 22 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
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SHARON T
Milton Keynes, UK22 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
November 2023 - Very very disappointed. Half of it was closed - the boat building area and the cafe! Too much emphasis on Pirates - mostly reading information - so kids would find it boring. Pirate area very dark and gloomy. With Falmouth’s amazing maritime history and all the interesting exhibits that could have been shown - show-casing Falmouth and British Navel History at Carrick Roads - it was a sham. There was more Falmouth history offered by our hotel! The lower levels showing the rising tides could have been amazingly presented but it was a bit like going into a public toilet! Whoever is funding the Museum is not getting value for money! Real historians need to be brought in to develop and showcase the museum properly.
Written 20 November 2023
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JulesA73
St Just, UK184 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Thought it would be fun to take the kids to the museum on a wet weekend. Rather wish we hadn't wasted our money.

The main hall was closed, although having a peep in I don't think we were missing out on much.
The pirate exhibition was very lack lustre and extremely boring for the children.
The tattoo exhibition seemed extremely pointless and utterly unsuitable for children. The underwater section of the museum rather reminded me of a dirty subway in London, maybe a clean up wouldn't go amiss.
The soft play wasn't for older kids so ours missed out on that.
Didn't bother with the café as we felt it would probably not be any better than the rest of the museum!

There is so much that could be done with this space but it feels like a half hearted attempt to justify the ridiculously high entrance fee. Our tickets may well be valid for a year but it is most unlikely we would waste our time visiting again.

I would not recommend this museum.
Written 7 November 2023
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Pubnfoodfan
Henley-on-Thames, UK143 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Sadly not as entertaining or as informative as I had expected or hoped. Seems to be targeted at young children but so much scope for more to engage with mum and dad too. c£40 for the 3 of us wasn’t good value
Written 26 October 2023
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donnahL7802IG
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
The museum seemed empty & echoing. The small boats display was interesting but the touch screen information was not functioning. The small area of true interest was too small considering Falmouth’s wonderful maritime history. We were very disappointed. Too much given over to entertaining kids but in a very superficial way. The pirates exhibition was woeful with no real history of piracy. The tattoo exhibition was bordering pornographic with breasts, pubic hair, a full model of an adult male from the waist down & actually was not really reflective of sailors in Cornwall & their history. The basement underwater area needed its window glass cleaned as it was covered in barnacles & slime & there was nothing to see. Finally the cost was completely prohibitive at just under £17 with no concessions for pensioners or the disabled. My friends are from Southampton where the Titanic exhibition shows what can be successfully done. They were very disappointed indeed.
Written 23 October 2023
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Valerie
9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very expensive and hardly anything there, we spent around an hour there, really disappointing, would not bother to return if in the area even though you can use the ticket for a year. No concessions for seniors, totally overpriced
Written 17 October 2023
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Dear valeriemW125XD, I'm sorry to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I will pass your comments to the wider management team for further review. Best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 23 October 2023
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Charlotte P
St Austell, UK18 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We, my husband and I, visited today to see the pirate exhibition. We were so disappointed. The exhibition itself is clearly sponsored by a gaming company, nothing else could explain the opening film which features stereotypical and historically inaccurate rubbish. Stroll on to the exhibition proper and for something that had the tag line ‘Beneath the Surface’ it was staggeringly shallow. The briefest bits of information about the actual pirates themselves and a few weapons but no real insight into the world of piracy. Even the costumes were disappointing, the Jack Sparrow one was clearly off Amazon! If it was a case of not being able to produce a decent exhibition why not choose a subject that you could deliver on, smuggling perhaps. I’m guessing the gaming company doesn’t feature that in their games.
The rest of the museum is just as bad. The area dedicated to the shop and cafe is actually larger than the exhibit space, this tells you all you need to know.
The view from the cafe over the harbour is nice, the dust and cobwebs over the windows on the other side are not. I was told repeatedly at the front desk that our tickets were valid for a year, I will not be returning in fact I was tempted to ask for a refund! I expect the building itself will probably make nice apartments fairly soon if the standard does not improve.
Written 28 September 2023
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Dear Charlotte P, I'm very sorry to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I will pass your comments to the wider management team for further review. Best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 4 October 2023
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linden-s
High Wycombe, UK339 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were in Falmouth for the day so decided to visit the Maritime Museum. The exhibits are numbered, so it's possible to find a file and then from the number, read about the exhibit. That's the end of the plus points. It's outrageously expensive for what it is, and we left feeling utterly unimpressed. I visited the cafe as my husband was keener than me to explore further, and had a cup of tea and a slice of something that looked like a cherry traybake. Alas all I could taste was sugar - so overpoweringly sweet that it was impossible to discern any other taste, so even THAT was a waste of money. Sorry but I cannot recommend this place.
Written 25 September 2023
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Dear linden-s, I'm sorry to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I will pass your comments to the wider management team for further review. Best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 2 October 2023
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Angus M
Victoria, Canada12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
At £16 per person we found it hard to believe the museum could deliver that value… even though the staff member pointed out the ticket is good for a full year.
When we pointed out we were visiting from 7,600km away and would not be in the neighbourhood (or the country) for at least a year… there was no other admission option.
What a poorly thought out pricing strategy! I love maritime history - I am even of the board of a museum! Like the other potential visitors in the lobby - we walked away. Management… reconsider.
Written 24 September 2023
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Dear Angus M, I'm sorry to read your review of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I will pass your comments to the wider management team for further review. Best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 25 September 2023
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Chris S
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
CANNOT RECOMMEND - which is a real shame because previous visits have been good. Very thin poorly presented content. Serious questions need to be asked behind the scenes about quality control budget and sign off to avoid a repeat. SO disappointed we made a special trip - was very tempted to ask for a refund.
Written 20 September 2023
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Dear N8134MXchriss, I'm sorry to read you were disappointed with your experience. I will pass your comments to the wider management team for further review. Best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 25 September 2023
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History O
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Great place to go on a rainy Sunday! There were some extra exhibitions when we went about the history of Tatoos and pirates. Permanent exhibitions about the history of Falmouth, seafaring, fishing etc. I'm interested in history so i enjoyed it. There are play areas for children and things to keep them amused too. The cafe was disappointing as they had run out of half of the fillings for Baguettes or baked potatoes by 1.30pm so after choosing from what was still available and paying I was told they had actually run out of baguettes. They did make us some sandwiches but I wish I hadn't bothered as overpriced for what we got. Entrance price allows you to return for a year and there are food outlets in the square outside of the museum so on reflection we should have left to eat elsewhere then returned to finish looking around the museum.
Written 17 September 2023
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Dear 158historyo, Thank you for sharing your experience of National Maritime Museum Cornwall. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the exhibitions, but sorry to read that you were disappointed by the cafe. I will pass your feedback on to our wider management team for review. Wish warmest best wishes, Shannon McGall
Written 18 September 2023
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