Please search the website for learning activities and resources.

Following public guidance many museums are closed for the present but will be back open as soon as we can. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is paramount to us. We wish you well during these difficult times.

  • We have over 70 museums in Cornwall

    Inspiring, artistic, surprising, stunning, awesome, fun, unique, interesting, encyclopaedic, challenging, astounding, cabinets of curiosities, nostalgic, cool, reflective, looking back into past worlds and lives!


    Find out more

  • 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.

  • 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!


    Find out more

  • 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.


    Find out more

  • 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.


    Find out more

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!

Find a museum

Enter keywords or phrases below to search

    Latest museum news

    View all news articles

    • Early Christmas suggestion

      Early Christmas suggestion

      Online sale of a book about a favourite holiday spot for many, packed with images to conjure up memories and including stories from the locals to add to your knowledge and enjoyment when you return.

      Read article

    • 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.

      Read article

    • Remembering seven local Boy Scouts in 1920

      Remembering seven local Boy Scouts in 1920

      On 27th July 1920, two candlesticks were dedicated and placed in the Sanctuary of St Petroc’s Parish Church, Bodmin and a service was held to commemorate the seven Boy Scouts who had enlisted to serve in WWI.

      Read article

    Upcoming events

    View all events