The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is located on Discovery Quay in Falmouth. It is home to a collection of exhibitions and galleries, including a small boat collection, and the RNLI rescue zone.
The museum was officially opened by the Duke of York in 2003.
The Museum evolved from collections gathered over 150 years. In 1981 the collection became part of the Falmouth Maritime Museum, and this later changed to the Cornwall Maritime Museum.
A new charitable trust was formed with Heritage Lottery Funding and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall was created.
Part of the design of the museum incorporates a tower, which looks like a lighthouse, and provides access to the various floors. At the top are spectacular views across the harbour from the Lookout. At the base of the structure is the Tidal Zone. From here you can see underneath the water, and you can watch the tide rising and falling.
Close by, guarding the entrance to Falmouth Harbour is St Anthony Lighthouse, and it is possible to get a boat trip around the harbour and estuary.