Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Museum of Cornish Life, 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. The museum houses one of the largest social history collections in the South West, and ranges from archaeological evidence of the earliest settlers to the Lizard Peninsula, to a fully stocked 1950s kitchen.

Learn about Helston’s famous inventor, Henry Trengrouse, whose ingenuity helped to save thousands of lives at sea. Marvel at the huge 5 ton cider press, meet Henry the parrot, find out about Helston’s ancient spring festival Flora Day and see if you can spot our smallest object – made from a lion’s tooth. A notable feature in front of the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar in 1807. Around 100 sailors’ lives were lost in the disaster which led to the pioneering work of Henry Trengrouse, featured in the Museum’s Drill Hall.

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  • Saving Lives at Sea & Henry Trengrouse

  • Victorian Home Life

  • Trades & Transport

  • Village Shop

  • Local Personalities

Admission & prices

Free Admission
Mon-Fri (10am - 4pm)
Saturday (12noon - 4pm)

Due to Covid-19 restrictions please check our website for accurate opening times

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  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Disabled access via lift to first floor and mezzanine gallery. Pop-Up Cafe, Denzils Den our children's play area. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Phone: 01326 564027
Facebook: Museum of Cornish Life
Twitter: @musecornishlife

Market Place
TR13 8TH

T: 01326564027

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Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Market Place
Helston, CORNWALL TR13 8TH