The Falkland Islands have a rich maritime heritage, largely because of our location -Cape Horn provided an essential route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans prior to the building of the Panama Canal (opened in 1914) and the Falklands were well-placed to offer shelter, supplies and repairs to passing ships.
Falkland Island waters were notoriously treacherous to navigate before the Royal Navy completed soundings, and this is paid testimony to by the 120 or so wrecks that are known to lie off the rocky coasts.
For a great many years the sea was also the only means of internal travel and numerous small boats and yachts have plied their trade between Stanley and the Camp settlements.
As such, much of our collection is linked in one way or another to the sea. From very large sections of 19th century sailing vessels, to dainty ship's clocks and navigational instruments, we have a wide ranging collection of maritime objects on display.
High Season (November to End of March)Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pmHours may be extended on days when cruise ships are visiting Stanley
Off Season (April to end of October)Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.00 noon and 1.30pm - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
To promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect and preserve this history for future generations.