Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

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.

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. 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. He was born in Perranporth in 1898 and won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1931. He is best remembered for his design of Healey sports car.

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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

Donations welcome

Opening Times 2019
Mon 8th April to Thu 31st October
Mon to Fri 10.30 - 16.30
Sat 11.00 - 13.00
We are open on Bank Holidays
Other times by arrangement, allow at least a week's notice

Find us

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

Museum news

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  • Early opening

    Early opening

    As Easter is so much later this year Perranzabuloe Museum will open two weeks earlier than usual on Monday 8th April......

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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

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 NOW!

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

T: 01872 573321 during open times

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Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

Perranporth, CORNWALL TR6 0BW