Current Exhibitions


Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

17 March 2017 – 7 January 2018 This highly anticipated exhibition offers a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. It tells a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same … Continued


Skeleton: Sculpture inspired by boats

Until 30 April 2017 Skeleton: New sculpture inspired by Old Boats is a beautiful sculpture exhibition by our first ever ‘artist in residence’. Rob Johnsey, a boatbuilder and sculptor, is not only the museum’s first ‘artist in residence’ but a long serving and dedicated member of the Museum team, having volunteered for our Boat Collection … Continued


Medal Winners: Hall of Fame

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



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.  

Maritime Research Centre

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