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The Box

Tavistock Place
The Box

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The Box is Plymouth's major new museum, art gallery and archive. Nine permanent galleries showcase the city’s incredible collections and include 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth replica, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, objects, film and photography, documents, maps and plans.

From 18 May, visitors can also see three exhibitions:

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy

‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ is the national commemorative exhibition for the Mayflower 400 anniversary. It’s Plymouth’s largest loans exhibition ever and has been co-curated with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in the USA. Forget everything you thought you knew about the Mayflower. The exhibition debunks the myths and explores how one ship connects four nations over 400 years.

Powerful perspectives are shared through images, ideas and objects including the first Bible to be printed in America, the last known record of the Mayflower, the oldest existing state document of New England, drawings, diaries, maps, plans and portraits, and the first piece of Wampanoag art commissioned by the city.

The exhibition features 300 items, on loan from 100 museums, libraries and archives from around the world, including Native American items from The National Museum of the American Indian and the Harvard Peabody collection.

The exhibition will run until January 2022 and is free to Plymouth residents and under 18s. Tickets for non-residents aged 18+ are just £5.

Food and Drink

The Box Kitchen & Bar will re-open on 18 May serving a range of tasty meals, snacks and drinks (advance booking recommended). The Little Box, a brand new café in Tavistock Place will also be open from 18 May with an equally delicious range of locally sourced food and drinks.



The Box has a great gift shop which also offers a ‘click and collect’ service for those who want to maximise their time in the galleries and exhibitions or browse online before or after their visit.


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