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“Really interesting and different exhibitions”

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Ranked #11 of 30 things to do in Falmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. New exhibitions for 2017!!! Tattoo: The History of British Tattoo Art Revealed A genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. This is the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts. Until 7 January 2018. Captain Bligh: Myth, Man and Mutiny Step into the sights and sounds of one the greatest survival feats in British history. Exploring Bligh's Cornish roots, challenging the Hollywood depcitions and bringing to life on of the greatest small boat survival stories. Until 7 January 2018. New Play Zone! - Awesome Adventurers Go on an awesome adventure this summer. Inspired by the heroic voyages of exploration by ships such as Captain Bligh’s HMS Bounty, join the crew of HMS Adventure in our Play Zone to explore the Pacific Islands. Open May - December 2017.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I visited last year for the tattoo exhibition and made a special trip back this year to see the Titanic one. Both were exciting and informative, focussed on topics not often represented in other attractions and including lots of personal anecdotes with a heavy focus on social history. The museum is fantastic value for money as your ticket allows you free entry again for the entire year so was able to see both exhibits and only pay for one.

The cafe is also reasonably priced and has fabulous views and we loved walking down the tower to look at what hides below the tide-line!

Thank RachelW4012
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

A nice welcome from staff, fantastic views from the lookout at the top floor and informative exhibitions. But I expected moore, maybe I'm spoiled from seeing a couple of really good similar museums. If I had visited with kids I would probably been more enthusiastic, because there are a lot of interresting things to do with kids there.

Thank Johanna j
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We went to see the Titanic exhibition.. it was amazing! So much information and the lookout at the top was brilliant.

Thank ocribb
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

We visited the museum specifically to see the Titanic Exhibition. It's very well done and retells the story in great detail. It's quite emotional to read the accounts. I was appalled to learn that, on the day Titanic sank, White Star ceased to pay wages. The crew of the Carpathia however were awarded an extra months pay for their part in the rescue.
I can only recommend this exhibition, perhaps the best to date. Don't expect to be uplifted in any way though.
If seeing the accounts and memorabilia causes empathy, and a little distress for those who lost their lives, at least they will be remembered, for a while.
Well done Maritime Museum.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We have visited the museum on several occasions. Generally to view the new exhibitions whether it is the Vikings or tattoos. We will definitely go again and also take advantage of the free revisit offer within a year.

Thank Antony M
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