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Science of the Sea

Runs until Sunday, 18 February 2024 (See all dates)

10:00 - 17:00
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, TR11 3QY
Adults £16.90. Under 18s £8.50. Under 5s Free.

Drop anchor at NMMC for family fun with a BANG! Watch an explosive science show, get creative in craft workshops, and embark on a fascinating Museum trail.

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Drop anchor at National Maritime Museum Cornwall this February half term for Science of the Sea – family fun with a BANG! Learn where energy comes from and witness explosive experiments in a brand-new science show, get creative in Make & Take, and embark on a captivating Museum trail.

Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 18

The Wonderstruck Forces & Energy Show

Shows at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Quieter sessions on Sundays at 11am.
Have you ever wondered how boats, ships and submarines move? How do they produce the necessary forces and where does the energy come from?

To find out, take an exciting 25-minute perambulation through the world of forces & energy with your expert guide, Mr Wright.

He’ll help you explore the science goodness behind these questions. Along the way he’ll also propel an (un)lucky volunteer across the stage on the Wonderstruck Rocket Car, tinker with liquid nitrogen, and explode a rather large bowl of breakfast cereal.

Make & Take

Every day, 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Inspired by the science show, have fun designing and making your very own paper cup rocket – see how far it will shoot into space!

Museum Trail

Every day.

Explore the wonders of the Museum in search of lab coats in our fun and fascinating trail.
What else is here?

Explore 15 galleries over five floors, jump aboard boats, climb the 100-foot Lookout Tower, go underwater in the Tidal Zone, uncover ocean adventures and survival stories and sail miniature boats on the Waterfront Boat Pool. Plus, have fun in the Skull Island Play Zone and learn about Cornish maritime history in our Cornwall galleries.

It’s free!

The Science of the Sea half term activities are FREE as part of the Museum’s annual admission fee. Pay once and get in free for a year.


National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

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