Bodmin Town Museum

Bodmin Town Museum

Museum NOW OPEN for the 2018 season. Bodmin Town Museum is situated on the lower ground floor of the former Public Rooms' building (now owned by Merlin Cinemas) on the site of Bodmin's Franciscan Friary.

See the new displays in Bodmin Town Museum. Learn about Bodmin's 'Spy School' the Joint Services School for Linguists. See a Royal Observer Corps uniform belonging to one of the first lady members and a fur cape which travelled across Russia. Listen to some 1940s speeches and music. New displays and permanent favourites as well as the popular Children's Quiz - in colour! We regret that disabled access is restricted. Please phone for adv

  • The Belling Lantern Clock

    Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries possessed many clockmakers. Indeed, the 1831 Census records 83 watch and clockmakers at work in the county. Amongst these, one of the most well known, was Belling of Bodmin. The Bellings worked between 1706 and 1850.

  • The Blacksmith

    In 1831 there were sixteen blacksmiths, four wheelwrights and a farrier in the borough. The skills of the blacksmith often included those of the wheelwright and the farrier. In the blacksmith's shop a fire was kept burning in the hearth by the skillful use of bellows. With the coming of the car, the blacksmith turned his hand to engines instead of horses eventually becoming the garage mechanic.

  • World War I Commemorative Exhibition

    Major Heritage Lottery funded WWI exhibition featuring Private James Henry Finn VC, his medals and story. Also other stories about local families involved in WWI. A periscope feature shows visitors what a soldier would have seen and heard in the trenches.

Admission & prices


Opening hours from week before Easter until October
Mon-Fri - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sat: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Opening hours during October:
Mon-Sat - 10.30am - 2.30pm
PLEASE NOTE: Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
We look forward to seeing you

Donations are greatly appreciated

Find us

Bodmin Town Museum is situated on the lower ground floor of The Public Rooms on Mount Folly square in the centre of the town.

There are two public paying car parks nearby: one behind the Public Rooms and another 50 metres away in Priory Park.

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  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

There are cafes, pubs and parking nearby. Take the steps from Mount Folly to reach the main shopping street, Fore Street, and the pretty pedestrianized Honey Street.

Wheelchair access is possible but not easy so please phone to check before visiting

MUSEUM now CLOSED until the week before Easter

New road layouts for pedestrians, cyclists and cars are now ready including the junction of Dennison Road and Berrycombe Road.

PLEASE NOTE there are still some roadworks in the town while gas pipework is being replaced.

Bodmin Town Museum is run entirely by volunteers.

Admission is free, but donations to Museum funds are always welcome.

Mount Folly
Bodmin, PL31 2HQ
PL31 2DQ

T: 01208 77067

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Bodmin Town Museum

Mount Folly
Bodmin, PL31 2HQ, CORNWALL PL31 2DQ