Find out about: St Ives Museum
The Museum is located in the heart of the old St Ives fishing community of Downlong.
Formerly the building housed a Pilchard Curing Cellar, Bible Christian Chapel then a laundry and cinema.
The British Sailors Society Mission occupied the first floor until 1968 when the St Ives Museum were offered space. Over the next few years the famous Troika Pottery vacated the ground floor enabling the museum to expand further.
This independent museum is administered entirely by volunteers.
'I was advised by a very learned elderly friend of mine that this museums is one of the top three he has ever visited in his life. He was not wrong! Thank you'
'A must see treasure trove for every St Ives visitor'.
Toilets - located at the end of Smeaton's Pier.
Children's activity sheets can be purchased for 20p.
Find for fun - tiny models of cats and kittens are located among the display cases for younger children to search out. "As I was going to St Ives .."
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Hain Steamship Company
Pilchard Curing Cellar
The Hain Room
"Edward Hain founded this famous local Steamship Company in St Ives in 1878. His father established a local fleet of merchant sailing ships one of which was the" Margaret Hain" The subsequent steamer fleet all bore the Cornish prefix "TRE" - Trewidden, Trelyon.
Long a vital part of St Ives' industry the skills of local boat builders are featured here. Photographs, models and rescue equipment associated with Wrecks are part of this display.
Associated with a local tradition when locals sailed their model boats in the harbour and at Consols pool on Good Friday
Pilchard Curing Cellar
When this area was being prepared for display a corbelled pressing ledge was revealed which dates back about 175 years. The display includes a variety of pilchard pressing methods.
Admission & Prices
Open for the season from the Monday before Easter (closed on Good Friday) until the end of October
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
closed on Sundays
School parties and other groups preferably by prior arrangement.
There is no charge for Cornish schools but a donation would be much appreciated
Dogs on a lead welcome