An external photo of National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

How You Support the Museum

All proceeds from admission tickets, shop and café sales, and events go back into the Museum, supporting everything from educational programmes to conservation efforts and research activities.

Every transaction represents a catalyst for positive change and a step towards preserving Cornish maritime heritage for future generations. Here are just a few of the things your support enables us to do.

Inspiring the next generation

Your support will help fund unique and unforgettable learning experiences for young people. Catering to all ages and abilities, from early years to higher education, our workshops bring Cornwall’s maritime history to life, providing hands-on and immersive activities not available in the classroom. We welcome the majority of Cornwall’s primary schools each year.

Shipshape once more

Our Boat Workshop is where the Museum’s historic vessels undergo restoration, with our talented volunteers returning them to their former glories. You help enable us to secure the necessary resources and materials needed to keep the workshop afloat. Visit the Museum on Tuesday mornings to see the team at work, and feel free to ask them questions.

Safeguarding our heritage

Preserving and conserving our maritime history requires expertise and resources. Thanks to your support, we can finance essential conservation work on our collection. This helps us employ skilled professionals and acquire state-of-the-art preservation technologies, ensuring our maritime treasures stand the test of time and are preserved and accessible for future generations to enjoy.

Powering research

Our commitment to knowledge and increasing public understanding extends beyond the galleries. Sales help to sustain the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre & Library, a hub of information accessible to the public. Your backing allows us to acquire rare manuscripts and boat plans, digitise our collection, and facilitate public research enquiries, empowering scholars and enthusiasts alike to delve into the depths of history.

Making memories

Our annual family programme is packed with everything from thrilling theatre productions to craft workshops, mysterious interactive trails, and storytelling nights. You help enable us to acquire the resource needed to create memorable experiences throughout the seasons, giving families from far and wide days out to remember.

Celebrating all-things maritime

Whether it’s uncovering the riches of the Golden Age of Piracy, the hidden histories of British tattoo art, or the mysteries of sea monsters, our temporary exhibitions are a feast for the senses. We aim to curate ambitious and unexpected installations that connect Cornwall with world cultures, bringing ancient artefacts from national and international collections.

Representing Cornwall

The Museum is a home for Cornwall’s fascinating maritime heritage. We preserve and showcase the past and present, with galleries dedicated to the port of Falmouth and its Packet ships, Cornish people and their relationship with the ocean, the evolution of lifesaving at sea, and how fishing has shaped and defined local and coastal communities.
Back to blog