What will you discover?


Life and loss at sea. The lure of the search. The reveal of the find. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Charlestown is a museum of peril and possibility, where a seabed of salvaged stories waits to be explored.


Discover 8,000 finds from over 150 shipwrecks. Marvel at the only intact barrel of coins ever recovered from a wreck. There are gold bullion bars, ingots of copper, ship surgeon’s medicine bottles, barnacled tea sets, corroded cutlery, stacks of cannon balls and once-deadly shells and shot!


Look deeper and you’ll see the story of people, who sailed with those objects on the high seas. You’ll feel the ambition, expertise and bravery of the divers who seek to recover treasures from below the waves.


The stories behind over 100 Hollywood films and popular TV series which have been filmed at Charlestown are revealed in the fascinating photographic gallery; Charlestown on Film. From Alice in Wonderland and Bait to Dr Who and Poldark.


Come on… Dive in!



The Charlestown Underground Tunnels are temporarily closed due to the Government Guidelines on social distancing. We hope to reopen the tunnels as soon as it is safe for us to do so.

We apologise for any disappointment.

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Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
01726 69897