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The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall - Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum information

The Museum is open seven days a week. Closed Christmas day & Boxing day.

Opening hours are from 10 - 5pm

From 19 February 2003, the following admission prices apply:

Adults ? 5.90
Seniors (persons 60 or over) ? 3.90
Students (valid NUS,ISU card) ? 3.90
Children (5 - 15 yrs) ? 3.90

If you are lucky when you visit this museum, you may come when volunteers are overhauling small boats that they have salvaged around Cornwall. There is detailed and interesting history about where the boats came from and pictures that show the original state that they found in.
Children Under 5 free free


Family - 2 Adults and up to 3 children (5 ? 15yrs) ? 15.50

We actually ended up here for 5 hours. The problem was that the car park in the immediate vacinity of the museum is only a short term carpark, maximum waiting time of 3 hours (cost ?2.10). You can leave the museum and then return, just make surre that you get your ticket stamped on the way out.

We were told that there is a long term car park but that it was a walk between it and the museum.

The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Directions: For other information that I have written about Cornwall, please click here

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The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall - Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum sits on Falmouth harbour front. It contains the history of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Do not expect large ships to be here, just boats, canoes and sailing yachts, yet what a wealth of information can be found at this place.

Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3OY

Directions: There are plenty of brown tourist information signs pointing to this place as you enter into the town.

For other information that I have written about Cornwall, please click here

Other Contact: email: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk

Phone: 01326 313388.

Website: http://www.nmmc.co.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall - Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum

The museum also has a viewing tower. I took the picture of Falmouth Harbour from the top of it but there is something just as interesting at its base.

The base of the tower is built into the seabed and has windows through which you can watch any sealife that happens to amble by.

We saw lots of small fish, one large fish, a crab and alongside the edges of the window, we spotted some shrimp.

The windows are triangular in shape due to the fact that the base of the window has to withstand a pressure of 5 tonnes per m2. Higher up the window, the pressure is less, so the window can be wider. The window is made up of 4 layers of glass, bonded together to form a thickness of 80mm.

The gallery is designed to be fully underwater at high spring tide and completely out of the water at low spring tide. If you are here long enough, you can actually see the water rise or lower, depending upon the tide at the time of your visit.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 10, 2003
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The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum

The museum does not just contain static displays of boats. There are many interactive displays that show how the weather is formed, how a river can affect a boat as it travels across the flow and many other things that will entertain kids and adults alike.

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The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum

This is the first display that you will encounter when you visit the museum. It looks complicated until you realise that each boat on view is a replica of a true sailing ship and that you can access information about each individaul boat, giving details of who built it and when. It must have taken absolute hours building these models, something that I would never have the patience to do..

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