Welcome to The Box

Admission is free

Open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday and selected Bank Holidays (not including 27 May).

Thanks for stopping by. We are Plymouth's award-winning museum, art gallery and archive with a 2022 European Museum of the Year Special Commendation. We've also just been voted Best Family Attraction in the 2024 Devon 'Muddy Awards!

You don't need to book a ticket unless you'd like to reserve a space in our Cottonian Research Room.

We can't wait to welcome you for a visit.

Happening now

Explore pivotal moments in our past and present relationship with the sea in Planet Ocean

Shaking out the Nets by Winn George

The past and the present meet in Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now

Matthew Krishanu, Church, Tree and Field, 2020 (detail). Courtesy of a Private Collection.

Arcadia: a stunning multi-screen film commission by the visionary John Akomfrah

Also on display

See Yinka Shonibare CBE RA's thought-provoking sculpture End of Empire

Latest news

Artist Paul Rooney selected for IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commission

Outside The Box

Smeaton's Tower

Smeaton's Tower

Public Art

Public Art

Elizabethan House | Outside The Box

Elizabethan House

Retail therapy

Our eco-friendly shop is packed with products by local makers and inspired by our collections and exhibitions. Visit while you're on site or shop online.

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