Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

'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. In our British Museum partnership gallery you can build a Greek temple, have a go in our Mummy Factory and crack ancient codes.

The natural history gallery introduces the plants, fungi and animals of Cornwall and there is the opportunity to get up close to specimens. We have an internationally significant mineral collection on permanent display.

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  • The Geological Collections

    The Geological Collections at the museum comprise mineral, fossil and rock specimens totalling approx. 16,000 items; of these the mineralogical collection is the greatest both in extent and significance. The Royal Cornwall Museum's collection of South West of England mineralogy is one of the finest in the world. At its heart is an outstanding early collection of minerals made

  • Cornish Gold

    This necklace was made from Cornish gold found in tin stream works near Ladock Church in 1802. It was presented to wealthy landowner Sir Christopher Hawkins of Trewithen. Small quantities of gold have been found in other parts of Cornwall.

  • Burial Urns

    With the exception of a flourishing trade in tin and copper, Cornwall was still rather remote from the main centres of Roman Britain. These two recycled cooking pots contain the cremated ashes of an eldery Roman woman who died at Tregony in the 2nd century AD.

Admission & prices

Mon Sat 10am-4:45pm
Closed Sun and Bank Holidays

Children (aged 18 and under) visit free

Adults £4.50 pay once and get in free for a whole year!

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

Most of the museum and library is accessible to wheelchair users. It has ramps and a lift. Please let us know if a member of your group needs additional help. For visually impaired visitors, we have a raised map of the museum in large print and Braille. For disabled visitors the entry charge applies but if you have one or more support carers they may enter for free.

River Street

T: 01872 272205

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Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street