NMMC – April 2015…What’s On?


Winner of Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2014
Winner of Best Museum at the Cornwall Today Awards 2014
Winner of silver for Best UK Heritage Attraction
at the British Travel Awards 2014
April 2015…What’s On?

28 Mar – 12 Apr
The Vikings have landed! We’ve got a hoard of fun things to do for FREE every day of the Easter holidays.




Viking Voyagers Supersized Weekend
28-29 April
To mark the launch of our epic Viking Voyagers exhibitions, take part in a weekend of Vikings themed events. Create your own helmet, sword and shield, join in a Viking battle and see Vikings brought to life by Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. Plus make a monster’s scale and add it to our dragon art installation.

Vulgar Vikings!
28 March-12 April
You’ll go berserk for our magnificent make and take activities happening throughout the school holidays. Make a longship model and Viking brooch and become a mighty warrior or fearsome dragon.

Voyaging Vikings trail
28 Mar-12 Apr
Can you find the things you need to become a Viking voyager?

Viking Coin Striking
28 Mar-2 Apr & 7-12 April, Drop in sessions from 11am-3pm
Make your own authentic ‘Eric Bloodaxe’ Viking age coin to take home.
50p per coin

Going Viking with Fleet of Foot Theatre
31 March, 4, 5 & 7 April, 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm
Join enthusiastic story seekers, Nelson Fleet and Henry Foot as they send their battered old filing cabinet into the past to discover all things Viking.

Viking Sagas with Rattlebox Theatre
29 March, 1 & 8 April, 11am, 12pm & 2pm
Get caught up in the outrageous adventures of the Norse gods and their war with the giants. Thrill to sagas full of danger, trickery and beheading!

2 & 9 April, 11.30am 12.30pm & 2pm
Every Thursday of every school holiday is ‘Thorsday’ at the Maritime Museum! Meet the Norse men and women from our Viking Voyagers exhibition and experience living history with Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves.

Hammer Time!
3-6 April, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Over the Easter weekend, cast your own chocolate Thor’s hammer.
Places limited, please book on arrival.

All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket unless otherwise stated. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

LUNCHTIME LECTURE – The Wrecking Season
13 Apr, 12.30pm
The north coast of Cornwall is one of the best collection points in the world for long-haul drift. When a southwest gale blows for three days, artefacts and natural objects from across the world – from Labrador down to the Amazon Basin – wash up on these shores. Join artist Jane Darke as she reveals some of her more unusual finds from beach combing in North Cornwall, including fishing gear from Canada, Newfoundland and Maine and seeds from South America.

Set lunch and lecture £16 (Members £14).
Please call 01326 214546 for bookings.

DISCOVERY TALK – Topsail and Battleaxe: To America with the Norsemen
29 Apr, 6.30pm
Tom Cunliffe’s Bristol Channel Pilot cutter Hirta is familiar to many TV viewers. Join the writer and broadcaster on his voyage from Norway to Newfoundland in the wake of the Vikings where he follows Eric the Red from Iceland to Greenland, considers a man called Bjarni, who discovered America, but did nothing about it and finally tracks down Leif, who got lucky and was written into history.

Please call 01326 214546 for bookings.
Doors & bar open from 6pm.
Two course supper & lecture £19.50 (Members £17.50). Lecture only £9.50 (Members £8.50)

FAMILIES – Museum Minnows
24 Apr, 1.30pm-2.30pm
An hour of creative play, stories and craft activities for under-fives. The Museum’s Learning Centre is transformed into a multi-sensory play area for our free family drop-in sessions.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Call 01326 214535 for details.

FAMILIES – Minnows’ Tales
Every Monday during term-time, 11-11.30am
Drop in for a lively half hour of stories, songs and rhymes in one of our beautiful galleries. No need to book, all under-fives and their parents and carers are welcome.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Call 01326 214535 for details.


General Enquiries
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
Cornwall TR11 3QY
T: 01326 313388
F: 01326 317878
E: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk

Opening Hours
The Museum is open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Buy a full price individual ticket and get in free to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a year!

Adults £12.00
Seniors (60 or over) £10
Students £8.00
Children (6 – 15 yrs) £8.50
Children (5 and under) Free
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children) £33.50

Viking Voyagers
20 Mar 2015–22 Feb 2017
Take an epic journey into the Viking world. Discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders.

Encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life over 1000 years ago and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship. Get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland and National Museum of Denmark, many on display for the first time in the UK.

Celebrating the Sea
26 Jan-17 May
Britain is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) aims to celebrate. The RSMA was founded in 1939 and is widely recognised as being the focal point for much of Britain’s finest marine art. This exhibition features a stunning selection of paintings from the RSMA Diploma Collection specially curated by our volunteers.

2 Feb-5 Jul
Scouring the Cornish and Norfolk coastlines for flotsam, artist Jo Atherton collects fishing line, netting and other unexpected items for her colourful tapestries. Curated by the waves, this exhibition features a collection of her flotsam weavings incorporating these orphaned objects, which are transformed into playful, vibrant tapestries to be pondered and read anew. The sea, a soup of forgotten fragments, presents the unexpected and ignored; through bringing these items together, Jo provides a second chance for the forgotten fragments to be reinvented and woven into new narratives.

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