Numbers up at Maritime Museum


National Maritime Museum Cornwall - Panorama (c) Toby Weller resized copy

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is seeing one of its strongest-ever years with over 100,000 visitors invading the museum and its Viking Voyagers exhibition in its first six months, a 34% increase on last year.

Museum director, Richard Doughty, said: “These early results indicate that our recent partnership with national and international museums, bringing iconic artefacts from world renowned collections to Cornwall, has helped us raise our game as a must see cultural destination.”

The Viking Voyagers exhibition, which runs until January 2, 2017, was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of generous trusts and foundations.

This recent investment, alongside the museum’s Major Partner Museum status and associated funding from Arts Council England (ACE), is seeing a shift in visitor numbers and profile.

Doughty added: “We are really proud of our Major Partner Museum status and to be working collaboratively with the Cornwall Museum Partnership to raise standards in the sector.

“Working locally and nationally is a formula which we hope will continue to help the Museum thrive and offer more to our visitors, to Falmouth and Cornwall.”