• We have over 70 museums in Cornwall

    Inspiring, artistic, surprising, stunning, awesome, fun, unique, interesting, encyclopaedic, challenging, astounding, cabinets of curiosities, nostalgic, cool, reflective, looking back into past worlds and lives!


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  • Art, Technology, Industry, Coast or Town - you decide

    Amazing stories, amazing collections! Museums are jam packed with facinating stories of the people and places that make up Cornwall's rich and varied heritage. Be inspired to become part of that story and get involved in a museum.

  • Discover Cornwall's Unique Heritage

    Discover the diverse and varied heritage of Cornwall through museums! We can guarantee to tell you something new. We even have pasties and surfboards!


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  • Bring your lessons alive!

    Visit a museum to help bring history alive and enable your class to see real historic artefacts! Look at the learning pages for the activities in museums.


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  • Bring the family - everyone welcome

    The Museums in Cornwall are holding events throughout the year for all the family, particularly during the holidays. Look at our events for the latest information or follow us on Twitter.


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Welcome to Museums in Cornwall!

Cornwall is a land of museums and many of these are run entirely by volunteers and enthusiasts. Reflecting a strong sense of place, these museums and their objects tell the story of Cornwall and its people from prehistory to the present day through the things our ancestors left behind.

Did you know that Garibaldi left his cloak behind when he received a hero's welcome in Cornwall and that the House of Commons was lit for 60 years by limelight, a Cornish invention? Or that Newlyn and St Ives hosted international art colonies while Cornish miners left in droves for a better life overseas?

We hope that this web site will inspire you to get out and about to explore the real Cornwall. Cornish museums are more than just wet weather refuges, they are also an excellent place to recover from too much sun.

Forget calamine lotion! On hot days simply find your nearest museum!

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    • The Deer Garden

      The Deer Garden

      The year 2015 marked the 500th anniversary of the imparking of the deer at Mount Edgcumbe: On June 30 1515 King Henry VIII (by the Grace of God, King of England, France and Lord of Ireland) issued the following licence: ‘For Sir Peter Eggegcombe (Sir Piers Edgcumbe).

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    • The Knot Garden

      The Knot Garden

      The area immediately to the west of the House has long been in a kind of limbo: part car park, part mudbath after rain, and definitely not a thing of beauty.

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    • Joining Forces Exhibition

      Joining Forces Exhibition

      Helston Museum from 1st – 11th March 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm Joining Forces is a project delivered in partnership with Cornwall Museums Partnership, Helston Museum, and Active Plus, together with the artist Tony Minnion, a curator, and volunteers.

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