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The Box Plymouth

Tavistock Place

Tel: 01752 304774

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Woolly Mammoth display


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About us

The Box is Plymouth's major award-winning museum, art gallery and archive – located just a short walk from the main city centre.

Come and see a series of galleries that showcase the city’s incredible collections with thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size replica woolly mammoth, wonderful works of art, amazing archive film and photography, and fascinating documents, maps and plans.

Buy a gift or souvenir in the great onsite shop which is packed full of locally sourced products. Enjoy a delicious bite to eat, a drink or a snack from The Box Kitchen & Bar restaurant. 

If you’re interested in discovering more about Plymouth’s history or your own family history, you can book and use The Box’s research facilities.

An exciting events programme which includes family-friendly activities, free storytelling sessions, talks and live music is also on offer throughout the year.

Entry to The Box is free and there is no need to book. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

See online for opening hours for The Box Kitchen & Bar.

All The Box’s exhibitions are free with no need to book in advance, and there’s a brilliant variety of artists, art forms and historical insights on display for you to enjoy throughout the year.


Current exhibitions include Yinka Shonibare CBE RA's thought-provoking End of Empire sculpture (until 16 June 2024), a major new multi-screen film commission, John Akomfrah: Arcadia (running time approximately 50 minutes) which combines beautiful visuals with a haunting soundtrack and reflects on the formation of the ‘New World’ (until 2 June 2024) and a major nationally touring art exhibition called Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniatures and Britain, 1600 to Now (until 2 June 2024). Our ‘Planet Ocean’ exhibition will run throughout 2024 and explores our enduring relationship with the sea and how we can protect it in the face of the climate crisis.

Talks, family activities, live music and special events are on offer throughout the year. Family-friendly drop-in sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the Easter holidays.

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - •Four wheelchairs and one electric scooter available on site. If you'd like to book one, please get in touch with The Box direct •Two lifts providing access between floors and across the museum and gallery space (available for visitors with access needs only)
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access - at rear in Tavistock place
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - •A fully accessible Changing Places toilet (which includes a hoist, height adjustable changing bench, shower and height adjustable sink) Baby change facilities available

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Contactless payment accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (29 Sept 2022 - 31 Jan 2025)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* General Opening Text


Tuesday, 2nd January 2024 - Sunday, 16th June 2024

Yinka Shonibare CBE RA: End of EmpireSee a striking large-scale sculpture that comments on the balance of power at the outset of the First World War, making a visual connection between the conflicts of the West, globalisation and empire.
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Thursday, 30th November 2023 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

John Akomfrah, Arcadia, 2023. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.John Akomfrah: Arcadia
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Saturday, 17th February 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Matthew Krishanu, Church, Tree and Field, 2020. Courtesy of a Private Collection.Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now
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Friday, 31st May 2024 - Friday, 31st May 2024

Sonia Sabri teaching a dance classIntroduction to Kathak Dance - Masterclass for Adults
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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Saturday, 1st June 2024

Introduction to Kathak Dance - Masterclass for 7-16 year olds
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