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The Shipwreck Treasure Museum and Shackleton's Legacy Exhibition are open daily from 10am-4pm with last admission at 3.30pm.


Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Life and loss at sea. The lure of the search. The reveal of the find. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a place of peril and possibility, where a seabed full of salvaged stories waits to be explored…

Come exploring with us in a museum packed to the rafters. Seek out the objects that speak to you and discover the divers who first brought them all back to the surface.

Weave your way through 8,000 finds from over a hundred wrecks. See the only intact barrel of coins ever recovered from a wreck, feel the weight of a cannon ball and imagine the devastation it wrought in battle at sea.

From gold bullion bars, to ingots of copper, to the manillas used to sell people stolen from their homes and forced into slavery, there are stories of hardship and horror, hope and hair-raising feats of human instinct, each one a doorway into a world of imaginings.

Returning in Spring 2024 at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Shackleton’s Experience: Immerse yourself and learn more about early polar exploration and Shackleton’s exploits. Descending into our tunnels that have been transformed into an icy environment where you can get a real sense of what life was like for brave pioneering explorers who endured harsh conditions in their bid to conquer the remotest corners of the world.

Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): This incredible exhibition comes to Cornwall for the first time. It explores the influences behind Shackleton’s passion for the Antarctic through incredible polar photography taken by the pioneering photographer of the era, Frank Hurley, who joined the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition.

So dive in with us, wander and wonder. Who knows what you might find?

Special Entry Offer | Royal Geographical Society Members
Royal Geographical Society members are entitled to reduced admission to the Shackleton Exhibitions during 2024. Please have your valid RGS membership card to show on arrival.

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