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Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Quay Road, Charlestown. PL25 3NX
01726 69897
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About Shipwreck Treasure Museum

What will you discover? Life and loss at sea. The lure of the search. The reveal of the find. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Charlestown is one of peril and possibility, where a seabed of stories waits to be explored. Europe’s largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts, with over 8,000 finds from more than 150 wrecks, invites you to dive in.

When you look deeper you’ll see the story of people who sailed with those objects on the high seas. You’ll feel the ambition, expertise and bravery of the divers who seek to recover treasures from below the waves. Look out for the award-winning attraction’s special Tunnel of Lights experience in the tunnels beneath the museum in the lead up to Christmas.

Merchants of Charlestown

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum can be found in the Merchants of Charlestown building over looking Charlestown harbour, Cornwall.

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Excellent public transport links

Charlestown is near St Austell and has excellent public transport links. It's easy to travel to by car, although the historic port can become busy during the summer.

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What Visitors Say

"The museum has loads of fascinating items to look at, and plenty of background info and stories to provide a context to the finds."
"Absolutely fantastic museum, with very welcoming friendly staff, plenty of information and very accessible for all, fantastic treasure very well displayed you can easily spend a good hour or so in here if you read all the information given about each piece of treasure."
"Fascinating museum on shipwrecks around Cornwall and the world. Some amazing finds and replicas of finds on display. Very interesting sections on ships from Roman to modern."

Shipwreck Treasure Museum News & Events

01 Jan
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Shipwreck Treasure Museum introduces sessions for visitors with sensory issues

Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum have introduced quiet sessions to enable people with sensory processing disorders to be able to enjoy the attraction. The inclusive multi-award-winning attraction is holding monthly quiet sessions with reduced visual and […]

01 Jan
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Shackleton’s granddaughter attends launch of museum exhibition celebrating his greatest adventure

The granddaughter of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was the guest of honour at the launch of a new experience and exhibition that celebrate his most famous Antarctic adventure at Charletown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum. […]

01 Jan
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Shackleton’s exploits celebrated in new exhibitions at Cornish museum

An award-winning Cornish museum has teamed up with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to present an exhibition that celebrates a pioneer of polar exploration, Sir Ernest Shackleton. This year marks the centenary of Shackleton’s […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book tickets in advance?
To ensure that the flow of visitors through the museum is kept at a safe level to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, all tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit.

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