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The Box Plymouth

Tavistock Place

Tel: 01752 304774

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Woolly Mammoth display


Free entry, though some exhibitions will have an additional charge


COVID-19 Response

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Face mask essential (not provided)

About us

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.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters 21 October 2021 to 27 February 2022

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition includes more than 300 amazing Aboriginal artworks by over 100 different artists. Paintings, sculpture, multimedia and more are all shown here in Plymouth for the first time outside Australia. 

Visit The Box for an epic journey across three deserts. Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest continuing culture and learn more about how to live alongside, work and connect with where you live.

Plymouth has long been the starting point for voyages that have had huge consequences for indigenous societies around the world. As a key part of the nationwide UK/Australia season of culture 2021/22 which marks 250 years of shared history, ‘Songlines’ gives voice to the creativity of Australia’s First Peoples. 

You may not be able to travel to the other side of the world this autumn/winter, but you will be able to experience it at The Box.

The exhibition is free to Plymouth residents (first four tickets), members of The Box and under 18s. Tickets for non-residents aged 18+ are £10 (£7.50 concessions).

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy Until 2 January 2022

‘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 is free to Plymouth residents (first four tickets), members of The Box and under 18s. Tickets for non-residents aged 18+ are just £5.

Food and Drink

The Box Kitchen & Bar is one of Plymouth’s best places to eat and serves a great selection of delicious dishes made with the best local ingredients. Advance booking is recommended. The Little Box café on Tavistock Place serves an equally delicious range of locally sourced snacks and drinks. Find out more on The Box’s website. 


The Box has a great gift shop where you can buy from a wonderful range of keepsakes and gifts. You can also browse and buy online 24/7 before or after your visit.

Safety Measures

The Box is still working hard to make sure everyone who visits is safe. Staff are still wearing face coverings and visitors are also encouraged to while they’re on site. Hand sanitising facilities are also available.


Why not support The Box by becoming a member? Members will receive exclusive offers, special behind-the-scenes glimpses and unlimited free entry to chargeable exhibitions. Packages are available for individuals and households and start at just £25. Find out more on The Box's website

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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

Special Offers

  • Dinner in the Kitchen & Bar

    Every Wednesday to Saturday from 24 November to 22 December 2021 you can celebrate the end of the year with us in The Box Kitchen & Bar. Grab your nearest and dearest and enjoy a delicious three course menu for £40 per person.

    Santa came back for seconds last year! Book your table now.

    Offer link: Food and Drink Offers

Opening Times

Season (29 Sept 2020 - 31 Jan 2023)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Open from 29 September 2020


Plymouth, PlymouthVenture and discover Plymouth, with its unique location between moors and sea, this vibrant 'Waterfront City' is a perfect base for touring. With its wealth of attractions and facilities and wide range of accommodation..

Tuesday, 29th September 2020 - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy
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