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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has its origins in the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, which amassed a collection of boats over a 150 year period. These boats, and a collection of small boats from the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, formed the nucleus of a collection which was housed on Falmouth's waterfront from 1981. Today's museum is an impressive and modern facility, with collections relating to topics such as the history of boats and boat building, lighthouses, leisure sailing on both inland waterways and the open sea, navigation science and weather forecasting. The museum is also strong on local maritime history. Falmouth was once one of the most important ports in Britain. Due to unfavourable winds in the English Channel, mail was brought to Falmouth in England's south west, destined for the packet ships which used dependable winds to sail off to international destinations. Falmouth did not lose its position of importance until steam power became widespread in shipping.


There are interactive hands on exhibits and video presentations to help explore the collection. And when you go and have a cup of tea in the restaurant you look out over Falmouth harbour and take in an eclectic maritime view, from huge navy ships, to small leisure yachts. At the museum pontoon a number of historic vessels often visit. These include the competition yacht Bluebottle owned by the Queen, a 100 year old punt called Curlew, Jonik, a gentleman's launch, and Pipkin, a replica Cape Cod boat.



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Address: National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY

Directions: The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is on Discovery Quay in Falmouth. Park and Ride or Park and Float facilities are available as you come into Falmouth on the A39, though note this is a seasonal service. Alternatively there is Grove Place car park close to the museum. Click here for an interactive map centred on National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Access: There is level access throughout, with accessible toilets on first and second floors. Assistance dogs are welcome. Helpers accompanying disabled visitors are admitted free of charge,


telephone: 01326 313388

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