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Sensory needs

For films with sound we provide headphones for visitors to use, where possible. Noise and music will be played when selected on certain touch screens.

Facilities at National Maritime Museum Cornwall


Accessible toilets are located on the first and second floors and there are larger facilities available if required. An ADi Room Mate is installed in the accessible toilet near to the Waterside Cafe – ADi is an audio device for our blind and visually impaired visitors.

Baby changing facilities

The baby changing facilities are found in the accessible toilets on the first and second floors.

Changing Places

Currently National Maritime Museum Cornwall does not have a Changing Places. We understand the importance of facilities such as these being available, and whilst we seek the necessary funding to build a Changing Places, we instead hire the services of Mobiloo occasionally.

Find out more about Mobiloo at NMMC.


The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is:

A small number of self-propelled wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge.

Blind and visually impaired visitors

Assistance dogs

We welcome trained assistance dogs.

Large print and braille guides

Large print and braille guides are available free of charge from the admission desk.

Deaf and hearing impaired visitors

British Sign Language Tablet Tour

The British Sign Language (BSL) tablet tour is designed to help deaf BSL users gain a better understanding of the unique story of the museum and get more from their visit. The tablet is available from the admissions desk.


Subtitles are provided on all audio visual exhibits and films with speech in them.

Hearing loops

There are various hearing loops throughout the building. These can be identified by the hearing loop symbol.

Sensory needs

Access guide  Social Story   Sensory Map

Sensory bags

The sensory bags and ear defenders are available to anyone who may need them throughout the year and can be found at the admissions desk.

Relaxed Sessions

On certain days throughout the year the Museum offers Relaxed Sessions where noise is reduced, quiet spaces are allocated and sensory bags and ear defenders are available.

Find out more about National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Relaxed Sessions.


The nearest public car park is 100 metres away, across the square (a level, but cobbled surface). The car park has a number of designated accessible parking spaces.

Carer’s concession

Carers who are required to assist disabled visitors are admitted free of charge with the person they are assisting. Proof may be asked for.

If you require any further information or if, after your visit, you have suggestions of changes we might make, please let us know.

Contact us

For access information contact
Tel: 01326 313388

National Maritime
Museum Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
Falmouth Cornwall
TR11 3QY

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Tel: +44(0)1326 313388

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388