Explorer caps and backpacks on and magnifying glasses at the ready, we’re going on an adventure!

Minnows Explorers is National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s grandparent and grandchildren activity sessions. It’s all about creating, making and exploring together.

Minnows Explorers at National Maritime Museum Cornwall


Minnows Explorers is on every Thursday throughout term time in the Museum’s Main Hall. The session starts at 10.30am and finishes at midday.

Please note, all participants start the session together (it is not a drop-in session). We recommend arriving just before 10.30am to secure your spot.

Who’s it for?

Minnows Explorers is specifically for grandparents who help take care of their grandchildren as part of childcare arrangements. The sessions are best suited to children under 5.

What is it?

These fun packed sessions are the perfect way to enjoy time with your grandchildren in the Museum. Be inspired by play ideas and indoor fun, led by our expert team. You’ll also have the chance to meet other grandparents with their grandchildren too.

Minnows Explorers at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

How do the sessions work?

Join us for a story and special trail around the Museum. Guided by our Early Years Specialist Laura, you’ll hunt high and low with magnifying glasses and binoculars for minnow fish hidden in the Museum. Then join us to explore objects and play with shapes and textures.


Minnows Explorers is FREE with the Museum’s annual pass. If you already have an annual pass, you can just pop along. Find out about the Museum’s admission prices.

How to book

You do not need to book, however we recommend arriving early to secure your spot.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing Sophie Butcher on sophiebutcher@nmmc.co.uk or call 01326 313388.

What else is on?

Take a look at what is on this spring and summer at National Maritime Museum Cornwall.