Opening times

Opening times

The Museum is open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Bartlett Library is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Entry to the Library for research is free, please ask at the front desk in the Museum on arrival. CLOSURES: Due to essential maintenance the … Continued

Eat, Drink & Shop

Eat, Drink & Shop

Waterside Cafe An ideal point to stop off and enjoy a drink or snack. With spectacular views over Falmouth’s magnificent harbour, the Waterside Cafe is a popular port of call for Museum visitors. We offer a range of home-made sandwiches, pasties and cakes, where possible made from locally sourced produce, plus fairly traded coffees and … Continued

Getting here

Getting here

Our address: National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY By Ferry: Fal River Cornwall run daily ferries sailing between Truro or St Mawes to Falmouth. By park and float (Summer season only): During the summer period a regular Park & Float ferry service runs (Monday – Saturday) from the car park at Ponsharden … Continued



The Museum was built with access for all in mind. In consultation with advisors on the Equality Act 2010 we constantly work to improve disabled accessibility and have an access steering group, access statement and action plan. Our access statement says: “National Maritime Museum Cornwall strives to offer the widest possible access to our collections … Continued

Group bookings

Group bookings

Groups of 10 or more receive a discounted entry fee. Bring your group to the Maritime Museum where you’ll enjoy a great day out offering a range of activities surrounded by beautiful views. As a group, you’ll receive great entry discounts (See ticket prices page for details of prices). Tailor made packages If you would like … Continued

Annual Membership

Annual Membership

Why become a Member? Because we give you: Free entry all year 10% discount on admission tickets for your friends and family (accompanying you on day of visit) 10% discount in the Museum shop and café* Invitations to special events Free entry to the Eden Project, Tate St Ives and Trebah Garden in November Free entry to … Continued

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We do what we can to make it really easy for everyone:

  • The Museum is accessible for disabled people (see the separate page for details)
  • There are ramps and/or lifts to the upper floors
  • There are benches in the galleries so you can rest your legs

Start them young. We also provide:

  • Places to store pushchairs and buggies
  • A baby care room which can accommodate a pushchair or wheelchair
  • Milk/baby food warming in the café

The Maritime Museum is an interactive and child friendly environment. However, we would ask that our young visitors (under 16) are supervised by an adult at all times for their own safety.

  • Coat hanging facilities
  • Information set at heights suitable for children and wheelchair users
  • Multi-language literature
  • Museum shop

Dogs are not permitted inside the Museum, however we do welcome visitors with Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Sadly we have no facilities for dogs to be left outside safely.

The Waterside Cafe is an ideal point to stop off and enjoy a drink or snack

  • Spectacular views over Falmouth’s historic harbour
  • Daily vegetarian options
  • Open to Museum visitors and to all members
  • Available for corporate hire or special events (see Venue Hire for more information about hiring the cafe facilities for private functions)

You are welcome to take photographs for non-commercial purposes and without the use of tripods throughout the Museum.

The Museum contains many objects the copyright of which is complex and held by other institutions. For this reason, commercial photography is not permitted anywhere in the Museum, except with the written permission of The Director or Head of Marketing.

All such photography will become the copyright of National Maritime Museum Cornwall, unless otherwise agreed in writing.