Museum list

We've created a handy A-Z list of all the museums we work with in Cornwall, giving you a one-stop shop to find your perfect cultural experience in Cornwall. From east to west, north to south, we've got a museum or gallery that will suit all tastes.

  • Antony House

    Antony House

    Torpoint

    18th-Century house set within a magnificent landscape garden, still home to the Carew Pole family: discover the story of a family who became caught up in the extraordinary events of the English Civil War.

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  • Barbara Hepworth Museum

    Barbara Hepworth Museum

    St Ives

    Gain a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists with a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Scultpure Garden, previously Trewyn studio, where the artist lived and worked.

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  • Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum

    Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum

    Bodmin

    Bodmin Keep has been standing proudly near the centre of town for over 150 years: built in 1859, it has buzzed with military activity throughout the ages, making it Bodmin's most prestigious historical building.

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  • Bodmin Town Museum

    Bodmin Town Museum

    THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS Family-friendly local history museum in the heart of Bodmin, with artefacts, photographs and displays telling stories of life in the town.

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  • Botallack Mine

    Botallack Mine

    St Just

    Botallack Mine, situated on the cliffs north of the village, is one of Cornwall's most famous and photographed historic mine sites: the Crowns engine houses pumped water from the undersea levels and hauled minerals and men up the Boscawen shaft.

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  • Bude Castle Heritage Centre

    Bude Castle Heritage Centre

    Bude

    The Bude Castle was once the home of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney the inventor of the Steam Carriage; the building now displays objects and exhibitions related to the history of Bude and Stratton and the surrounding parishes.

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  • Callington Heritage Centre

    Callington Heritage Centre

    Callington

    Small but friendly, the Heritage Centre is housed in an old chapel within the Town Cemetery: this building dates from the latter half of the 19th century, but has recently been refurbished.

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  • Constantine Museum

    Constantine Museum

    Falmouth

    Constantine is one of the largest villages in Cornwall and has had its own local history museum since June 2005, dedicated to the agricultural, mining, quarrying and social history of the area.

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  • Cotehele

    Cotehele

    Saltash

    Cotehele is a medieval house, rebuilt in Tudor times with later alterations, owned by the Edgcumbes from 1353 until it passed to the National Trust in 1947.

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  • Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum

    Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum

    Davidstow

    The Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum is located on part of the old WW2 airfield RAF Davidstow Moor: it covers about two acres and holds thousands of items in 18 separate buildings.

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  • East Pool Mine

    East Pool Mine

    Redruth

    At the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sit two great beam engines, originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers introduced by Richard Trevithick: they are a reminder of Cornwall's days as a centre of industry, engineering and innovation.

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  • Elliott’s Grocery Store

    Elliott’s Grocery Store

    Saltash

    A grocery store from the last century presenting the visitor with a time capsule of days gone by when personal service and home deliveries were the order of the day: take a trip back in time to the 1970s.

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  • Falmouth Art Gallery

    Falmouth Art Gallery

    Falmouth

    Falmouth Art Gallery is family friendly and free, and one of the leading art galleries in the South West: the town's art collection features works by major artists including Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Napier Hemy, Alfred Munnings and Henry Scott Tuke.

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  • Fowey Museum

    Fowey Museum

    Fowey

    Fowey museum may be a one room affair, housed in one of the oldest buildings in the town dating back to the 15th century, but it is packed to the ceiling with artefacts illustrating some of the rich and varied history of this harbour town and its inhabitants.

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  • Geevor Tin Mine

    Geevor Tin Mine

    Pendeen

    Perched on the coastline, Geevor Tin Mine is the largest preserved tin mining site in Europe: last working in 1990, it is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and now introduces thousands of visitors each year to the once thriving Cornish tin industry.

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  • Gerrans Parish Heritage and Information Centre

    Gerrans Parish Heritage and Information Centre

    Gerrans

    The history of the parish is illustrated with displays depicting Farming through the Ages, the Fishing Industry, Education, Domesday Book entries, the Manors, World Wars, Coastguards, Churches, Chapels and much more.

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  • Godolphin

    Godolphin

    Helston

    Discover Godolphin, one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall in the 17th century: long since abandoned, you can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home.

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  • Grampound with Creed Heritage Centre

    Grampound with Creed Heritage Centre

    Grampound

    A small village with a BIG history: the Heritage Centre tells the story of the individuals who have made their mark on this place since ancient times and ensures that this knowledge is recorded for future generations.

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  • Hayle Heritage Centre

    Hayle Heritage Centre

    Hayle

    Hayle Heritage Centre provides a fascinating history of the town and surrounding area of Hayle, with a number of permanent exhibitions and a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops for both adults and children.

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  • Isles of Scilly Museum

    Isles of Scilly Museum

    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Our Museum is on the Move! See several satellite exhibitions in various venues around the five islands, visit our new displays in the Town Hall and download our augmented reality walking companion app to explore shipwrecks around Scilly.

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  • King Edward Mine

    King Edward Mine

    Camborne

    The oldest complete mine site in Cornwall, King Edward Mine Museum in Troon near Camborne specialises in the history of Cornish mining, telling the remarkable story of how the mine has survived for 100 years.

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  • Lanhydrock

    Lanhydrock

    Bodmin

    Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home: follow in the footsteps of the Robartes family, walking in the 17th century Gallery, amongst the rare book collection under the remarkable ceiling.

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  • Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

    Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

    Launceston

    A delightful local museum, situated in a fine Georgian house in the heart of Launceston, containing themed rooms over three floors and a wonderful garden with fine views, ideal for picnics on fine days.

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  • Leach Pottery

    Leach Pottery

    St Ives

    Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is probably the most famous and certainly the most influential studio pottery in the world: today it is a living tribute to Bernard Leach and his legacy.

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  • Levant Mine and Beam Engine

    Levant Mine and Beam Engine

    St Just

    In its dramatic cliff-top setting on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, Levant was, for 110 years, 'the queen of Cornwall's submarine mines' with undersea levels stretching over a mile out under the sea at a depth of over 600 metres.

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  • Liskeard and District Museum

    Liskeard and District Museum

    Liskeard

    Learn about the history of Liskeard and local people, trades, crafts and the important mining heritage of the town in this interactive and family friendly museum: also home to the largest collection of toys in Cornwall.

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  • Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

    Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

    Lizard

    The only Lighthouse you can climb in Cornwall awaits you: climb to the top of this 260 year old Lighthouse, discover its secrets, enjoy a fun and interactive visitor experience and take in the breathtaking views.

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  • Lostwithiel Museum

    Lostwithiel Museum

    Lostwithiel

    The museum is housed in a listed Georgian building on Fore Street: it was originally the Corn Exchange and has also been a school-room, a butchers, then a magistrate's court and the town jail - nowadays the building houses the Guildhall above the museum.

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  • Mary Newman’s Cottage

    Mary Newman’s Cottage

    Saltash

    This Grade 11 listed cottage is the oldest building in Saltash, dating from around 1480: the furniture and utensils give the interior a truly atmospheric feel, and visitors can wear period clothing and play Elizabethan games.

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  • Mevagissey Museum

    Mevagissey Museum

    Mevagissey

    Located on Mevagissey's fabulous inner fishing harbour, the museum houses a number of collections of local interest and is its self housed in a old building dating back to 1745 when it was used for the construction and repair of smuggling vessels.

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  • Mount Edgcumbe House

    Mount Edgcumbe House

    Torpoint

    Mount Edgcumbe is a stately home located in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, enjoying a magnificent setting in South East Cornwall and overlooking Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar.

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  • Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

    Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

    Helston

    Step through the unassuming doors of The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston, for a truly breath-taking surprise: the museum is housed in the town’s historic Market Buildings and contains thousands of objects that will keep you fascinated and entertained.

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  • Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

    Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

    Boscastle

    The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia: the museum has been located in Boscastle for fifty years and is amongst Cornwall's most popular museums.

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  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    Falmouth

    National Maritime Museum Cornwall celebrates the incredible maritime history of Falmouth, Cornwall and how the sea influences global culture: explore 15 family friendly galleries over 5 floors.

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  • Newlyn Art Gallery

    Newlyn Art Gallery

    Penzance

    Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of contemporary art making in the far west of Cornwall and has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it for more than 120 years.

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  • Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum

    Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum

    Newquay

    Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum provides a number of themed exhibitions relating to Newquay and Cornwall's historical and cultural heritage together with a variety of general displays and exhibitions.

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  • Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol, Looe

    Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol, Looe

    East Looe

    The Museum and Gaol is contained in a 15th century listed building with a fascinating display of Looe’s past: the building itself retains many of its Medieval features, ancient cells and the original raised magistrates bench.

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  • Padstow Museum

    Padstow Museum

    Padstow

    Our mission is to welcome all, especially our younger generation, to record and protect the social history of this unique seaport: we are family friendly, our volunteers are there to help by explaining and helping with your queries.

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  • Penlee House Gallery and Museum

    Penlee House Gallery and Museum

    Penzance

    Penlee House is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists and is set in a building that was a Victorian family home, surrounded by a sub-tropical park formed from the original garden.

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  • Penryn Town Museum

    Penryn Town Museum

    Penryn

    Penryn museum is located in the centre of the town on the ground floor of the town hall: it's collections covers every aspect of Penryn’s fascinating history including toys, household objects, advertisements, Glasney stone, lots of historic photographs and much more.

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  • Perranzabuloe Museum, Perranporth

    Perranzabuloe Museum, Perranporth

    Perranporth

    Displays show the development of the area from its earliest beginnings; the arrival of St Piran; the growth of fishing, farming and mining; the development and closure of the railway; to the tourist resort it has become today.

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  • PK Porthcurno

    PK Porthcurno

    Penzance

    Since 1870 Porthcurno has been a hub of global communications: discover Cornwall's hidden story and amazing global connections through hands-on exhibitions and live demonstrations, and step back in time in Porthcurno's famous World War Two bunker.

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  • Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing

    Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing

    Polperro

    A small museum located right on the harbourside of the beautiful fishing village of Polperro, containing a fascinating insight into the history of fishing and smuggling from the late 18th century to date.

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  • Porthmeor Studios and Cellars

    Porthmeor Studios and Cellars

    St Ives

    Porthmeor Studios is a complex of artists' studios, built on top of eighteenth century pilchard cellars below: it is the oldest, possibly the only, such complex in Britain and is unique in its combined heritage of fishing and art.

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  • Redruth Old Cornwall Society Museum

    Redruth Old Cornwall Society Museum

    Redruth

    Redruth OCS is dedicated to honoring, preserving and making public all aspects of Redruth’s rich heritage: the museum contains exhibits on everything from Redruth Brewery to locally-sourced precious stones.

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  • Royal Cornwall Museum

    Royal Cornwall Museum

    Truro

    'The Royal Cornwall Museum is an essential place to come to if you are fascinated by Cornwall' - Kurt Jackson, artist: if you want to see an Egyptian mummy, explorers' medicine chest and a wide range of Cornish and British art, head to the Royal Cornwall Museum.

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  • Saltash Heritage

    Saltash Heritage

    Saltash

    Saltash Heritage was formed in 1986 by the late Cornelius 'Corny' Hearl and a group of like minded people who wanted to see the formation of a permanent museum: it aims to collect, promote and research local history in Saltash and surrounding parishes.

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  • Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    Charlestown

    Is it gold? Is it adventure? Is it the find, or the journey it took to get there? A world of discovery is waiting, hauled up from beneath the waves or still dwelling underground: come exploring with us in a museum packed to the rafters.

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  • St Agnes Museum

    St Agnes Museum

    St Agnes

    An award-winning volunteer-run museum comprising artefacts and curios relating to the Parish of St Agnes, a beautiful coastal area with a rich history of tin and copper mining as well as fishing, although today its main trade is tourism.

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  • St Hilary Heritage Centre

    St Hilary Heritage Centre

    Near Penzance

    Discover the fascinating story of St Hilary: with its historic links to St Michael's Mount, it has a rich and celebrated history from pre-historic times to the present day, including unique links with the Newlyn Artists.

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  • St Ives Museum

    St Ives Museum

    St Ives

    The museum is located in the heart of the old St Ives fishing community of Downlong, housed in a building that was formaerly a pilchard curing cellar, Bible Christian Chapel then a laundry and cinema.

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  • Tate St Ives

    Tate St Ives

    St Ives

    Inspiring art and breath-taking scenery meet at Tate St Ives: perched above Porthmeor Beach with views across the Atlantic Ocean, the gallery showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th century alongside an ever-changing programme of exhibitions.

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  • Tintagel Old Post Office

    Tintagel Old Post Office

    Tintagel

    Nestling among the modern buildings of Tintagel high street, this unusual and atmospheric 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse, with a famously wavy roof, beckons the curious to explore.

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  • Wadebridge and District Museum

    Wadebridge and District Museum

    Wadebridge

    The museum houses a large collection of photographs of Wadebridge and District and is gathering additional artefacts for the collection, including a number of items actually manufactured in Wadebridge.

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  • Wheal Martyn

    Wheal Martyn

    St Austell

    Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in your everyday life that still shapes Cornwall and the world today…china clay! Set in 26 acres of woodland in the grounds of two former working china clay pits on the outskirts of St Austell, the UK's only china clay museum provides a fascinating day out for all the family.

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