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Lanterns and Lights 2020

Christmas at the national maritime museum cornwall

Decked in festive lights and sparkly stars, traditional wooden boats carry Christmas cheer. Using the Flying Flotilla, hung high from the Museum’s ceiling, the boats are lit with subtle ocean coloured hues and set amongst glistening star bursts.

Late night opening – Mon 21 Dec

As the sun dips below the horizon and day turns to dusk visit the Museum to fully appreciate Lanterns and Lights. There will be lots of festive cheer with carol from the Trengilly Singers too. We will remain open until 8pm with last entry at 6.30pm. Booking is essential.

Magical Take and Make

Saturday 19 December 2020 – Sunday 3 January 2021, 12pm – 3.30pm.

Glistening light inspire our seasonal Take and Makes where you can pick up all you need to create festive magic at home. Make sure you send in photos of your creations for our online gallery.

Star Trail

Search high and low for the twinkly stars dotted around the Museum – can you discover them all?

Lanterns and lights exhibition

See displays of real and rare nautical lamps and navigation aids where sailors used the stars to guide them home.

It’s Free!

All of the Lanterns and Lights activities are free as part of the admission price. Pay once and get in free for a whole year.

Covid secure

Before you visit find out the ways we’re keeping you and your family safe during Coronavirus.

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388


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