If you’re interested in delving into the depths of Cornwall’s seafaring past. Then the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is the perfect place to visit.
As an award winning museum it’s one of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions and is dedicated to preserving and educating visitors about the rich maritime history of the region.
Throughout history, the sea has been a source of food, livelihood and trade for Cornwall.
Did you know that Falmouth is the third-deepest natural harbor in the world?
Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall has often been the starting point for many seafaring expeditions, and is the perfect location for the National Maritime Museum.
Front Row Seats to Cornwall’s Maritime History
Spanning five floors and totaling 15 different galleries. The National Maritime Museum has a mix of permanent, temporary and seasonal attractions.
Out of these, three are devoted solely to a full recollection of the role the sea has played in Cornwall, including early fishing, boat building, trading, as well as wrecks and emigration.
Even if you aren’t much of a sailor yourself, some of the stories the exhibitions bring to life will certainly interest you. In particular you will learn about the courageous small Packet ships operating out of Falmouth and braving the sea to deliver mail to a fledgling empire, as well as the harbors later history as a jumping off point for D-Day, and the many other expeditions and conquests that embarked from here.
The Lookout Tower
Aside from the exhibitions, there are several other interesting activities and sights within the museum too.
One of its biggest draws is definitely the 100 foot tall Lookout Tower. This provides stunning open views of Falmouth harbor, and the numerous vessels that are moored, from cruise ships to navy vessels.
Another ‘must see’ attraction is the Tidal Zone. Located beneath the harbor it has 22 foot window that will give you a spectacular view of the natural underwater environment.
Expect to see lots of small fish, shrimp and shellfish, and if you are very lucky, the occasional seal.
There are countless other exhibitions and activities worth exploring. For kids there are a variety of fun-filled educational programs, particularly during the holiday season.
The National Maritime Museum is billed as one of Cornwall’s top attractions.
Landlubber or not, this museum is worth a visit, especially if you coincide it with a guest exhibition that you’re interested in.
Just before leaving, there is a cafe, and gift shop selling a variety of books, novelty ornaments, toys. Plus many more items.