The Box
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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
The Box is Plymouth's award-winning museum, gallery and archive. Immerse yourselves in galleries filled with highlights from the city's permanent collections. Browse and buy in our shop. Enjoy something to eat and drink in The Box Kitchen & Bar. Research family and local history in our Cottonian Research Room. Our current programme includes Yinka Shonibare CBE RA's thought-provoking 'End of Empire' sculpture (until 23 June 2024), a major multi-screen film commission, 'John Akomfrah: Arcadia' (running time approximately 50 minutes) which combines beautiful visuals with a haunting soundtrack and reflects on the formation of the ‘New World’ (until 2 June 2024), and a nationally touring art exhibition, 'Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now' (until 2 June 2024). Talks, family activities and special events are also on offer throughout the year. Please note: The Box will be closed on Good Friday (29 March 2024) but open on Easter BH Monday (1 April 2024).
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dr_Effingpot
    Hook, United Kingdom777 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent couple of hours and it's free!
    Popped in for a little while and ended up spending a couple of hours. Put together really well, easy to access exhibits, wonderful central and cleverly built location. Definitely worth a visit when in Plymouth. Will definitely be back!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Lynda H
    Plymouth, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for all ages.
    We had a great couple of hours here with our grandchildren aged 6 - 2 years. We received a warm welcome from the people on the front desk on arrival and enjoyed a delicious meal in the cafe served by friendly staff. The shop was a joy to walk around and the grandchildren appreciated the craft area. Mildred the mammoth and the film about the development of Plymouth were a big hit.We will certainly come again. Thank you.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • dragonara2
    Honiton, United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good presentation
    We were recommended by a friend who came a few years ago. We managed to visit the Mayflower/ history of the docks before lunch and the Woolly mammoth afterwoods. Both are well laid out using up to the moment technological aids bringing history to life up to the present day in a manner suited to both adults and children. Lunch in the restaurant was a welcome break and reasonably priced.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • EMSJ
    Weston super Mare, United Kingdom537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    We visit Plymouth about twice a year for a couple of days and haven’t managed to visit this museum until last week. I was a little surprised when we arrived as the time expected to spend there was approximately 2/3hrs and it doesn’t look very big from the outside. But oh my goodness there’s soooo much to see and look/read we ended up spending more than the average time. We we’re going to eat in the cafe inside but they didn’t have any sandwiches on offer just meals, although they did look and smell amazing we didn’t want a meal just a snack. But outside within the area there’s a small eating area called Small Box :-))) this was just what we were after. The museum is free to enter, but the guides are £1 each hardly a great amount but I think they also rely on people leaving a little extra.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Donna C
    Buckley, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top museum!
    What a museum - so many different aspects - art, history, natural world etc, etc - all brilliantly presented to appeal to all ages. We only regret our time there was limited as we could have been there all day and still had more to absorb. We loved Mildred the mammoth and Colin the crab!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Louis H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Great museum, about plymouths history throughout the ages. Nicely set out, ace trip and a lovely cafe at the end. Comfy,cosy great. It's completely free entry, however I do believe that they should charge a £1 admission fee to fund the protection of the displays. It's nothing to us customers but it all soon adds up as a collective.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Janka D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    This was our first visit to the Box and we were pressed. First of all - it us FREE to go in. FREE!!! And there was so much to see, staff were pleasant, loads of interesting facts to read and also interact with. Places to sit if you get tired. And then we visited the cafe and had first class service. Thank you. Will visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Mary C.
    Salcombe, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little addition to Plymouth
    This is a free museum about Plymouth and other various historical pieces. We walked right in. Really enjoyed this and you can't beat the price. Volunteers were informative and really nice. It does run on donations and what they make at the gift shop and café. We bought items at the gift shop.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • PaulWray
    Durham, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic, knowledgable staff
    To be fair, this was a bit last minute on a rainy day. But so pleased we found it. Really interesting, especially for people from outside the area. Staff we excellent, and really knowledgeable. And it was all for free. Even our 13/17 year olds enjoyed it
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Mel S
    Pershore, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool day out
    What a brilliant place, thought we’d give it a go to whilst away the time whilst the other half of the family visited other attractions..this was amazing though. Took 9 and 17 Yr olds. Held the attention of the 9 Yr old. Loved the Dawn French narration and interactive screens all the way through. Big enough to feel you’ve seen lots, but small enough to feel intimate and not over faced. Knowledgeable and helpful member of staff greeted us and explained thoroughly how to get the best out of the visit. Will definitely recommend and go back. The installation across the square at St Luke’s was brilliant, eye catching and very different. We all enjoyed every aspect.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
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Gozie
Shrewsbury, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
There was such a pleasant sharp contrast between the natural history section and the exhibitions on the evolution of media and photography!

Loved every minute of the 2 hours I spent at the Box.
Written 4 March 2024
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Vic
12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I was hoping to walk away feeling like I had a really good understanding of Plymouth, but I didn't. I walked away feeling like this museum is a wasted opportunity. Perhaps if looking at old objects in glass cabinets is your thing, you'll love it. For me, just because something is old, doesn't mean it deserves a place in a museum. Being a teacher, I know that kids needs a little more interactivity. While the woolly mammoth was great, there was little else to engage very curious 8 year old. The microscope to view bugs came close but he had to wait for ages to use it as it was awkwardly placed in an alcove that only housed 3 children at a time. The collection of cameras did nothing for either of us. I was expecting to see something about the pilgrim fathers but was sadly disappointed. It's great that it is free, don't get me wrong, but I would only half heartedly recommend it to visitors IF it was raining and there was nowhere else to go.
Written 18 February 2024
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Andrew T
Plymouth, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely superb new exhibition showing until 2 June. Amazing South Asian art and inspired art in the St Luke’s Chapel of The Box.

Stunning..don’t miss it!

Paintings, sculptures and even aromatic art. We loved it and so lucky to have it in Plymouth and it’s free to enter.
Written 17 February 2024
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Ryan
Plymouth, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Popped in for a wander around and it’s was fantastic! Stopped by the cafe for lunch, the eggs Benedict is absolutely incredible! My partner really enjoyed the homemade soup too! Amazing service, even though it was really busy!
Written 10 February 2024
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Heather F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit today, everything was absolutely stunningly displayed, beautifully annotated, loads to see, we didn't visit the cafe, but look forward to on our next trip to the box. The staff were great too.
Written 3 February 2024
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Sailingkiz
Plymouth, UK36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Sadly the restaurant in the wonderful Box has recently had their restaurant provider go bankrupt.
I have visited here many times and had great quality food but now sadly the quality is not so good, the menu is smaller, but the prices are the same I think. I especially loved the lovely sour dough locally produced bread, which has now been replaced with mass produced supermarket type bread, which I do not eat.

Hopefully this will be improved if a new caterer takes on the contract.

Otherwise the Box is a great place to visit for adults and children and the volunteers are amazing and always helpful and cheery.
Written 27 January 2024
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Georgina R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The wooly mammoth 🦣 was the best but for me. I am 7 years old and I liked that and the fossils and the art exhibition in the other gallery. I spent all day there with my mum and brother
Written 22 January 2024
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lisammahon
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had such a good time exploring all of the different rooms exhibitions and galleries. I had a 9 year old and a 14 year old with me and they really enjoyed the day. We were there for over 3 hours lots to look at and explore and very interactive. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit
Written 13 January 2024
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grahameckley
Worcestershire, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
what a place , there a lot to look at , a lot of history there , it was nice to find the history of Plymouth. there is a restaurant but was closed so I could not give a review on it, But it look very nice and clean and plenty of room to sit down to have a drink and food. we found it was free to go in to the place . they like donations they have a box just inside.
Written 10 January 2024
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AmericanAnne
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I took my family to this museum with some trepidation, due to the negative reviews below, and I'm so glad I did! This small museum punches well above its weight with truly interactive, interesting exhibits that are imaginatively displayed. We delighted in learning about Plymouth's past, even including Roman times, the Queen Elizabeth 1 painting on loan in the Journeys section was beautiful and captivating, and the natural history segment was unlike anything I'd seen. My kids were interested & engaged in a way they normally aren't at museums. Definitely worth a visit, especially as it's free! Plan 1-2 hours to visit.
Written 6 January 2024
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