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Our top reasons to visit Monsters of the Deep

Close-up photo of part of the Carta Marina map on display as part of the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition.

A photo of the entrance to the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition. Large tentacles are painted onto the wall surrounding the entrance, while a kraken eye peers at the viewer from inside.

Come face to face with a kraken

Before you even set foot into the Monsters of the Deep exhibition you’re confronted with the looming eye of a terrifying monster. Are you brave enough to walk past the beast?

Photo of the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition.

Enter the medieval mind

Enter the mind of our ancestors and discover why they believed sea monsters are real. The skeleton of a killer whale and the skull of a fin whale provide all the evidence they would have needed to explain the existence of strange and other worldly monsters.

celestial globes

Uncover internationally important objects

From the most intricately detailed celestial globes, the 15th century Hortus Sanitatis and items from the actual HMS Challenger voyage, Monsters of the Deep is crammed with objects that are influential and significant to our understanding of the natural world.

Photo of the Elerkey Atlas, on display in the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition.

Discover mermaids

Roll up, roll up, roll up – head inside the sideshow and discover a magical mermaid. See how the skeleton of a manatee, with its long, delicate fin bones, led people into believing in mermaids. Spot the drawing of a mermaid on the Elerky Atlas, a Cornish map of Veryan and Ruan Lanihorne, and find out more about the mermaid of Zennor.

Photo of the model 'Boaty McBoatface' autosub, suspended from the ceiling as part of the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition.

Delve into modern day deep sea discovery

We couldn’t discuss modern day deep sea discovery without mentioning Boaty McBoatface – whilst the real Boaty is being used to carry out important research a replica is on display here. Explore the most important modern day discoveries, all contrasted with the story of the Crytozoologists, a group of people who firmly believe in the existence of sea monsters.

Close-up photo of some of the preserved deep-sea specimens on display as part of the Museum's 'Monsters of the Deep' exhibition.

Meet the real monsters of the deep

The Discovery Collection consists of thousands of deep sea specimens used to help further our understanding of life below the waves. On top of colourful bubbling tubes sit 12 exciting but gruesome specimens – it is here you’ll meet the real Monsters of the Deep.

Viktor Wynd at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Enter the strange world of Viktor Wynd

Pull aside the red velvet curtain and enter the magical world of Viktor Wynd’s UnNatural History Museum. Here truths and lies swap and change, and you’re never sure what is real and what isn’t.

Monsters of the Deep runs until Sunday 8 January 2023.

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388