Bodmin Town Museum

Bodmin Town Museum

PLEASE NOTE Museum NOW OPEN Bodmin Town Museum is situated on the lower ground floor of The Public Rooms which are 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 As always there is the popular quiz for children. We regret that disabled access is restricted. Please phone for advice

  • 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

MUSEUM now open

Opening hours:
April to end of September:
Mon-Fri - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Saturdays 10.30am to 2.30pm
October: Mon-Sat - 10.30am - 2.30pm
PLEASE NOTE: Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

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.

The Tourist Information Centre is in Shire Hall which is also on Mount Folly.

MUSEUM now open

PLEASE NOTE there are major roadworks in the town but routes to the town centre car parks are clearly marked. Do watch out for these signs.
Church Square is completely closed and diversions are in place and marked.
There is free parking for 3 hours in the Priory car park and the car park behind Mount Folly while the roadworks are going on.

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