The Box

The Box gets set for launch

The Box, Plymouth’s major new museum, gallery and archive, is preparing for its launch on Tuesday 29 September and will be the largest cultural attraction to open in the UK this year.


Nine permanent galleries will showcase the city’s incredible collections. They’ll include 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, film and photography, documents, maps and plans.

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Three major exhibitions will also be on display when the doors to the public open later this month. 


Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy, the largest commemorative Mayflower exhibition in history, will include over 300 objects and has been co-curated with the Wampanoag Native American Advisory Committee.


Making It is an international contemporary art exhibition featuring newly commissioned works by Antony Gormley, Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes and Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha. 


Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools has been curated in partnership with The Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth and Royal Museums Greenwich, and will present a three-channel film work by American artist Kehinde Wiley in The Levinsky Gallery. 

Admission will be free to all exhibitions and galleries apart from the ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition. This will be free for Plymouth residents and under 18s with a small £5 charge for non-Plymouth residents who are over 18. 

Opening hours at The Box will be 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday.


In preparation for opening, The Box has put a number of safety and social distancing measures in place to help visitors feel as comfortable as possible, including:

  • Free admission by advance ticket only, with an easy to follow online booking system (tickets can be booked from 10 September)

  • Reduced capacity and clearly marked one way systems in key areas of circulation

  • Mandatory wearing of face coverings for all visitors over 11

  • Increased invigilation by staff and volunteers

  • Hand sanitising facilities and enhanced cleaning

  • A temporary reduction in on site events alongside an enhanced digital offer

The Box Kitchen & Bar will be serving a range of tasty meals and snacks. There’ll also be a new shop, a schools service covering a wide range of curriculum topics and a research room (bookable appointments will be available from 29 September).

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Individual and household memberships are also available for those who want to support The Box. Members will receive a range of benefits including special offers and behind-the-scenes glimpses.

Visit the website by clicking on the logo, plus stay up-to-date with all the latest news at The Box by following the social media steams.

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