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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 or The Little Box cade.

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-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. See online for opening hours for The Little Box and 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.

Autumn/Winter 2023

Current exhibitions highlight beautiful Dutch Flowers paintings from The National Gallery, London (until 7 January 2024), Yinka Shonibare CBE RA's thought-provoking End of Empire sculpture (until 23 June 2024), and a major new multi-screen film commission, John Akomfrah: Arcadia (30 November 2023-2 June 2024). With beautiful visuals and a haunting soundtrack, Arcadia (running time approximately 50 minutes) reflects on the formation of the ‘New World’ and the many forces that are always in play, regardless of human ambition

Throughout the year you can see a wonderful presentation of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and textiles from The Box’s permanent art collection called People and Place: Art Collection Showcase (until January 2024) and a famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, on loan to Plymouth from The Woburn Abbey Collection (until 7 January 2024).

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 summer 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 2021 - 31 Jan 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* General Opening Text


Saturday, 11th February 2023 - Sunday, 7th January 2024

Image credit: The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c.1588 (detail). From The Woburn Abbey CollectionThe Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
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Saturday, 7th October 2023 - Friday, 22nd December 2023

Wednesday, 27th December 2023 - Saturday, 30th December 2023

Tuesday, 2nd January 2024 - Sunday, 7th January 2024

Dutch FlowersThis exquisite exhibition explores the development of Dutch flower painting from its beginnings in the early 1600s, to its blossoming in the late 1700s.
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Thursday, 12th October 2023 - Friday, 22nd December 2023

Wednesday, 27th December 2023 - Saturday, 30th December 2023

Tuesday, 2nd January 2024 - Sunday, 23rd 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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Sunday, 10th December 2023 - Sunday, 10th December 2023

A Christmas Spectacular: From Lapland to Broadway
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Friday, 22nd December 2023 - Friday, 22nd December 2023

Family Festive Celebration
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Saturday, 23rd December 2023 - Saturday, 23rd December 2023

Museum Mischief
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