Explore an epic journey of survival, imagination and 400 years of America through the history of the famous ship, the Mayflower.

2020-2021 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620. It's a local, national and international story of one ship which connects five nations over 400 years. Today more than 30 million people claim a connection to the Mayflower and its passengers. We share in a history which challenged traditions, caused conflicts and created communities, told through objects, images and ideas from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The exhibition has been created in partnership with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in Massachusetts, and with the help of over 100 museums, libraries and archives across the UK, US and The Netherlands.

Many objects have travelled to Plymouth for the first time, or are returning to the city for the first time in 400 years. Native American items from the National Museum of the American Indian and the Harvard Peabody collection present 12,000 years of indigenous history, while the Second Peirce Patent from Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest existing state document of New England.

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The Box, Plymouth

Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AX

01752 304774


Opening times

10am - 5pm Tue to Sun and Bank Holidays

No need to book a ticket in advance for general admission to our galleries.

Tickets for 'Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy' (until 2 January 2022) and 'Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters' (21 October 2021 - 27 February 2022) can be booked via our website or at the Welcome Desk on arrival.

We're still working hard to keep our visitors safe while they're with us. Please give each other space and wear a face covering if possible.

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