Perranzabuloe Museum, Perranporth

Perranzabuloe Museum, 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. Perranzabuloe, meaning 'Perran in the sands', is one of the largest parishes in Cornwall.

The biggest centre of population is Perranporth where the Museum is located. Perranporth had a role in the development of surf-riding a hundred years ago. We are proud that the first Poldark stories were written in Perranporth where the author Winston Graham lived for 34 years. Another local personality was Donald Healey who designed Austin Healey cars.

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  • Oddfellows Charter for the Tywarnhayle Branch

    Many local families are represented on the Oddfellows board of past members next to this charter.

  • The earliest body boards made in Perranporth in the 1920s

    After the First World War a local undertaker made wooden boards or 'coffin lids' for the new sport of surf bathing.

  • Stool from Nobel's Munitions Factory

    Cligga Head near Perranporth was chosen as a suitable site for munitions works and explosives factory at the beginning of the 20th century. Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Peace Prize, it is believed, to compensate for the destruction his inventions had caused.

  • Banner from Perranwell Sunday School

    Perranwell Chapel is now being developed as a private dwelling. Many chapels in the area have been closed but the influence of Methodism in social events remains, for example 'Faith Suppers' where everyone brings food to share and has faith that there will be enough to go round.

Admission & prices

Open Monday to Friday 12.30 to 4.30 until the end of October
Re-open Easter 2022


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Located next to the Methodist Church in Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BW, and above the Library.

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  • Perranzabuloe Museum Book

    Perranzabuloe Museum Book

    Want to find out more about Perranzabuloe Parish? Purchasing the museum's photographic book will tell you more about Perranzabuloe Parish and the locals' stories of the area while the museum is closed......

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  • Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

    Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

    Visitors to Perranporth are largely unaware that the massive rock arches of Droskyn that flank the beach and feature ubiquitously on postcards and publicity material are not natural formations but instead the inner ......

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  • Parking available
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

* Children's trolley with jigsaws, word searches, quizzes always available.
* Disabled access via stairlift.
* Wheelchair available in gallery with disabled access to toilet facilities.
* Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome at our discretion

Our latest display reveals the history of surf-riding in the UK and the role a Perranporth undertaker played in its development.

Perranzabuloe Museum achieved Highly Commended in the Cornish Museums Award for Innovation with our Memory and Now Project working with the local Art and Wellbeing Group. We worked with an artist to build new relationships with the group by holding workshops to create art work to go into a new scrapbook inspired by a 19th century scrapbook on display in the museum. Members of the art group used different media to record current events in the community. These will provide a historic record of changes in the area for future visitors to the museum. After all HISTORY IS HAPPENING NOW!

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

T: 01872 573321 during open times

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Perranzabuloe Museum, Perranporth

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

Perranporth, CORNWALL TR6 0BW