we have over 50 museums in cornwall
Inspiring, artistic, surprising, stunning, awesome, fun, unique, interesting, encyclopaedic, amazing, quirky, extraordinary, rare, controversial, informative, illuminating, fascinating, authentic, authoritative, knowledgeable, educational, humorous, odd, challenging, astounding, cabinets of curiosities, nostalgic, cool, reflective, looking back into past worlds and lives…
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.
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.
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.
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!
Douglas Dapper the Story Explorer
The Story Explorer smuggles himself into the Museum and goes on a rummage for stories of kegs and contraband.
This exhibition brings together pictures and artefacts, ranging from paintings by Stanhope Forbes to exquisite Newlyn Copper, bequeathed to Penlee House, or donated or purchased in memory of particular individuals.
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!