Current Exhibitions


Skeleton: New Sculpture from Old Boats

                                       Our own artist in residence Rob Johnsey features 8 wooden sculptures inspired by boats in our museum collection and his time as a boat building volunteer. Come and see these stunning works of art up close and … Continued


Medal Winners: Hall of Fame

This new exhibition celebrates British success in water sports at the Olympic and Paralympic games.


Mystery of the Darlwyne

This exhibition commemorates the tragic loss of the pleasure cruiser Darlwyne in July 1966.



Ben Ainslie’s Finn

Sailing this Finn dinghy in Weymouth, local hero Ben Ainslie won his fourth successive Olympic Gold Medal at the 2012 London Games. Ben owns several Finns, but has now used the same boat in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012 games. Following his win in 2008 he commented “I suppose most people like … Continued



The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of our island nation. Where else in the world can you jump aboard a Viking ship and meet the Vikings, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail, climb a 100ft tower and touch … Continued

Research overview

The Museum’s research work is led by the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre which incorporates the Bartlett Library. The main themes are: Cornwall maritime history; British and international shipping; The history of boats. Research facilities: Private researchers are very welcome to explore the Bartlett Library or to seek answers to specific questions with the help of one of … Continued