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The National Maritime Museum – Cornwall

It has been quite a miserable, wet January; and so when we were looking for places to visit, we decided to go somewhere indoors; to the National Maritime Museum!

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Cornwall have a lot of indoor attractions; it’s worth checking out what is available wherever you’re staying if you’re in the area; and the weather isn’t at its best. You can also check out this article from Dolphin Holidays, which features a little quote from me too!

We love visiting Falmouth, it’s great for a bit of shopping, or even lunch, or simply grabbing a coffee. This time we decided to check out the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. It’s £13.50 for adult entry; but you get to visit as much as you like for a whole year, so it’s not too bad!

The National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

There are fun activities for kids in the school holidays too, you can find out more on the website. We were pleasantly surprised entering the museum, to find a bright; airy open space with all kinds of boats on display, both old and new.

I loved seeing the differences between the boats from the Olympics over several years.

True Stories

There were also stories of amazing survivals at sea, which I really enjoyed reading about.


We really enjoyed the current exhibition Titanic Stories; with information and exhibits about both the sinking of the great ship, as well as the tales in popular culture; and it’s effect on areas including film, television and even product branding!

National Maritime Museum - Titanic Stories

The movie lover in me, enjoyed these pieces from the 1997 film.

We loved heading up to the viewing tower; to look out over Falmouth Harbour, as you can see, the sun came out!


From the top of the tower, to the underwater viewing area. Unfortunately the tide was too low to see much (something for another visit!); but there was lots of information on things that can be found in local waters.

National Maritime Museum - Underwater viewing

Elsewhere in the museum, there is a bright café offering hot and cold drinks and snacks; overlooking the harbour, where we stopped for a cuppa and something to eat!

Looking for days out in Cornwall? Check out our visit to Marazion in this post!

We then headed to the other side of the museum to check out The Falmouth Gallery; which was really interesting, and also had a nice cabinet of curiosities!

National Maritime Museum life on a boat

There were further galleries; Cornwall and the Sea, and Cornish Quayside, where of course I had to photograph the sail making supplies; because you can always trust me to find something craft related! (Shall I make this an aim for every day out? Might be tough for the gardens though!)

National Maritime Museum - sail making supplies!

We’re not really “into” boats; so we weren’t too sure what to expect, but we were there almost three hours; and we could have stayed a bit longer if they weren’t closing! We have already said we’d like to go back again at some point!

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5 thoughts on “The National Maritime Museum – Cornwall

  1. This looks like such a fun and informational trip! I would love to learn more stories of survivors after being lost at sea. It’s crazy to try to put myself in their shoes and think about what I would’ve felt or done. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you 🙂 It’s definitely really interesting! There is lots of information about maritime history in Cornwall, I’d like to learn more!

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