The National Maritime Museum Cornwall
The Official Opening of the National Maritime Museum by the Duke Of York. The museum, costing over £21 million, is a major landmark building on the waterfront, housing state-of-the-art interactive displays, depicting both the nation's and Cornwall's maritime heritage. A major feature is the NMM's Small Boat Collection, hitherto unseen, tracing the evolution of the significant small boats that have shaped modern craft.
Here's a glimpse of what you can see: You start your tour (set sail) pass some incredible model galleries and onto a huge audio-visual presentations, I could have spent all day in there.
The view of real boats and ships takes your breath away, the nice thing is you can stand next to and touch the boats that makes everything so real. I learnt an incredible amount about the sea and sailing, not being a boat person. You don't have to be a boat-ty to enjoy this museum!
Some or rather most of the craft are works of art, a tree one end and a boat the other!
Ramp and walkways were all disabled friendly. You don't have to climb the stairs to the top of the tower as there is a lift. I found it was good exercise to use the steps, there's lots of them!
View from the tower were amazing, looking out across the harbour. Down in the lift to the bottom. Not exactly the ground floor more 'the under the sea stop' Yep, the tide was high!
Up in the left again for a coffee and home made cake in the gallery cafe. - The boat workshop.
Wind blowing across the indoor lake, time for some real model sailing, radio controlled.
'The Shop' there's got to be the shop, but this is no ordinary shop, there's real maritime goodies in this store. I'm looking for one of those brass tide clocks to be in my Christmas stocking!
This is only a fleeting glimpses of what there is to sea and do!
All in all, do visit the Museum it's free at this time and good value when they start charging. It's a perfect wet day venue. All the family will enjoy it.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall