Collections overview

The Museum’s Collections consist of a range of objects, boats, art, books and archives in support of its mission to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives, and of the maritime Heritage of Cornwall. We are currently working towards making a full catalogue of our collections accessible online.

For any collections enquiries please contact:
Tel: 01326 313388

The National Small Boat Collection was originally developed by the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. This is now housed in Cornwall where it has been extended by the addition of other craft. This collection is representative of boats from the UK and around the world. A maximum of length overall of 30ft (14.2m) is set for the collection although there are exceptions. A collection of objects and archives support the National Small Boat Collection.

Much of the Cornish Maritime Collection came from the former Cornwall Maritime Museum in Falmouth. It contains objects, pictures, models and archives relating to the history of Cornwall and the sea, and Falmouth in particular.

An important element of this collection is the material relating to the Falmouth Packet Ships which includes six watercolours by Maltese artist Cammillieri.

Reserve Collections
The Museum has a large collection of objects, boats and archives. The majority of the collection is held in store.

If you would like to make an appointment to view objects which are not on display, please download and print an appointments form here. Once completed please post to the Collections Curator at the address below, outlining the type(s) of objects you would like to view.

The Collections Curator will contact you to discuss the objects and arrange an appointment.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY