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Museums Cornwall

Museums in Cornwall

There are lots of fun and interesting museums in Cornwall which are definitely worth a visit. Many Cornwall museums are set up for children and have good activities set up for them. Visiting a museum can also be a good thing to do when it is raining in Cornwall. View our list of museums in Cornwall below for some ideas of where to go.

 

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Museum Cornwall - Bodmin Cornwall

North Cornwall

Discover Cornwall's Regimental History. Recognised as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England Cornwall's Regimental has around 12,000 collection items with over 300 years of military history displayed. There are also Special Events going on throughout the year such as re-enactments and family fun days. A really interesting day out in Cornwall. The Museum is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and so well behaved dogs on leads can go along and enjoy the day out too. (although dog entry maybe restricted at busy times).

Read more about Cornwall's Regimental Museum

CYDER FARM CORNWALL - Nr Truro

North Cornwall

Healey's Cyder Farm has lots to do both inside and out and so is a great place to visit whatever the weather. With tractor rides, tours of the production factory, museum and distillery, sampling bar and lots of friendly farm animals to meet you are sure to have a fun family day out in Cornwall. There is also a shop stocked full of Cornish goodies where you can stock up on supplies and a restaurant with courtyard where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, cream teas, a perfectly chilled glass of cyder or wide choice of hot and cold drinks. Read more about Healey's Cyder Farm.

Healey's Cyder Farm.

World Famous Smugglers Inn - Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

The Jamaica Inn, which is open all year round, is found high up on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor and is full of legend, mystery and romance. The Inn was made world famous by Daphne du Maurier's book (and following films and dramas) The Jamaica Inn. A tale of smugglers, rogues and pirates. View the Daphne du Maurier memorial room set up in her memory.

Visit the Inn's fascinating Smugglers' Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life in one of the finest collections of smuggling artifacts in the country.

You can also stay at the Inn or stop off for a tasty meal, snack, drink from the bar, coffee or even a cream tea! The Jamaica Inn is a very dog friendly place in Cornwall to visit. More information about the Jamaica Inn

Museum Cornwall - Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Where else in the world can you jump aboard a Viking ship and meet the Vikings, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail, climb a 100ft tower and touch Olympic boats all in one day? The National Maritime Museum is a stunning attraction in Cornwall and one allaboutcornwall can recommend particularly for those looking for rainy day things to do in Cornwall. Explore our maritime heritage and heroes, discover Cornwall's past, its people and the part they played in making Britain great. Read more about this family day out in Cornwall

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Ancient Egyptian Centre

Dobwalls, Liskeard

South East Cornwall

Museum

A 1930s theme museum in Cornwall offering the chance for you to see Anne Edwards and Stuart Beliby's private collection of Egyptian Treasures including coffins, mummies, statues, a Tutankhamen collection. Admission is charged. There is a shop.

Ancient Egyptian Centre, Five Lanes, Dobwalls, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6JN

Tel: 01579 321811

www.the-ancient-egyptian-centre.com

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Museum

Known for it's torturous ways and for holding the last public hanging in Britain in 1862 the jail was the first in the UK to hold inmates in individual cells. You can see what life was like for an 18th century prisoner, look around the jail and visit the gallows, underground cells and exhibitions telling of the years of torture. It is also famous for it's paranormal activities and was featured on Most Haunted. There is an on site restaurant.

Tel: 01208 76292

www.bodminjail.org

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

St Austell Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Museum

View the exhibitions of artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks recovered by divers from weapons and treasures to ocean liners memorabilia, investigate the underground tunnels used to push the clay trucks out to the ships in port. Titanic exhibition and Lord Nelson memorabilia collection. A large collection of minerals and artefacts from Cornwall and other countries.

Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall

www.shipwreckcharlestown.com

CORNWALL'S REGIMENTAL MUSEUM

Bodmin Cornwall

North Cornwall

Museum Cornwall

Discover Cornwall's Regimental History. Recognised as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England Cornwall's Regimental has around 12,000 collection items with over 300 years of military history displayed. There are also Special Events going on throughout the year such as re-enactments and family fun days. A really interesting day out in Cornwall. The Museum is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and so well behaved dogs on leads can go along and enjoy the day out too. (although dog entry maybe restricted at busy times).

Read more about Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Elliot's store

Saltash Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Museum

Previously a corner shop, it has now been preserved as a museum showing the 1940s shopping experience, complete with fittings and stocked shelves. Restricted opening times.

Tel: 07767 444816

Falmouth Methodist Church

Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Church

Located at the junction of Church Street and Arwenack Street. Built by Sir Peter Killigrew. Contains many historic artefacts, children's corner with treasure hunt and quiz. Disabled parking. Refreshments.

Falmouth Parish Church, Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EF

www.binternet.com/-kcm

Geevor Tin Mine

Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mine

Mining centre, underground tours, museum, shop, cafe and picnic area. Fantastic coastal setting.

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW

Tel: 01736 788662

www.geevor.com

HEALEY'S CYDER FARM

Nr Truro

North Cornwall

CYDER FARM CORNWALL

Healey's Cyder Farm has lots to do both inside and out and so is a great place to visit whatever the weather. With tractor rides, tours of the production factory, museum and distillery, sampling bar and lots of friendly farm animals to meet you are sure to have a fun family day out in Cornwall. There is also a shop stocked full of Cornish goodies where you can stock up on supplies and a restaurant with courtyard where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, cream teas, a perfectly chilled glass of cyder or wide choice of hot and cold drinks. Read more about Healey's Cyder Farm.

Healey's Cyder Farm.

Heartlands

Pool, Redruth, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Historic Building, Gardens and Play Park

Cornwall's first free cultural playground on a grand scale. Set in the shadow of an iconic Cornish engine house and covering 19 acres, there is so much to explore, from the botanical gardens to the interactive exhibitions. So, whether its breathing in the peace and serenity found in the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, shouting with glee after escaping the Giant's Trap in the Adventure Playground, or being taken back to another time through an immersion scape in the World Heritage Exhibitions, Heartlands has something to suit every age and interest. Read more about this great Cornwall attraction. Read More about Heartlands

Jamaica Inn

Bodmin / Launceston

North Cornwall

Inn / Museum

Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel 'Jamaica Inn' made this Coaching Inn famous. View the smuggling artefacts and family memorabilia. Fine ales, food and accommodation. Shop, museum, children's play area. Beware the resident ghosts!

Halfway between Bodmin and Launceston just off the A30. Signed.

Tel: 01566 86250

www.jamaicainn.co.uk

JAMAICA INN

Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

Ghost Hunting at a Genuine Haunted Establishment

Ghost Hunting at the Jamaica Inn, a famous smugglers Inn. Not for the faint hearted! These special ghost hunting events are sure to bring a shiver down your spine. Especially with the added knowledge that they have recently been awarded the Stamp of Approval from the British Paranormal Association for being a genuine haunted establishment!

You can choose between weekend events which include accommodation, breakfasts and dinners and some a trip to Bodmin Jail or evening events which go on until late. All events involve ghost hunts around the Inn which for years has given rise to stories of strange incidents and sightings and which produced one of the spookiest episodes ever recorded on the TV programme Most Haunted.More information about the Jamaica Inn

JAMAICA INN

Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

World Famous Smugglers Inn

The Jamaica Inn, which is open all year round, is found high up on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor and is full of legend, mystery and romance. The Inn was made world famous by Daphne du Maurier's book (and following films and dramas) The Jamaica Inn. A tale of smugglers, rogues and pirates. View the Daphne du Maurier memorial room set up in her memory.

Visit the Inn's fascinating Smugglers' Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life in one of the finest collections of smuggling artifacts in the country.

You can also stay at the Inn or stop off for a tasty meal, snack, drink from the bar, coffee or even a cream tea! The Jamaica Inn is a very dog friendly place in Cornwall to visit. More information about the Jamaica Inn

King Edward Mine

Camborne Cornwall

West Cornwall

Museum

Undercover attraction. Guided tour through the tin processing plant and find out how the mine complex developed and worked. Museum showing local and social history. Shop. Dog friendly

Tel:01209 614681

www.kingedwardmine.co.uk

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL

Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Museum Cornwall

Where else in the world can you jump aboard a Viking ship and meet the Vikings, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail, climb a 100ft tower and touch Olympic boats all in one day? The National Maritime Museum is a stunning attraction in Cornwall and one allaboutcornwall can recommend particularly for those looking for rainy day things to do in Cornwall. Explore our maritime heritage and heroes, discover Cornwall's past, its people and the part they played in making Britain great. Read more about this family day out in Cornwall

Pencarrow

Bodmin / Wadebridge

North Cornwall

House

The Molesworth-St Aubyn family still live in this Georgian mansion situated between Bodmin and Wadebridge. View the collection of antique dolls, furniture, pictures and porcelain. Grade II listed Gardens, including iron age fort, Italian garden and Victorian rockery. Licensed tea room and Gallery / shop. Cornish slate Wendy House and play area for children. Disabled facilities. Dogs welcome - woodland walks for your dogs. Also caters for Weddings, receptions, corporate entertainment and special events.

Tel: 01208 841369

www.pencarrow.co.uk

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Penzance

West Cornwall

Gallery

Penlee House is a Victorian House set in an attractive Park and home to the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Penwith District Council and Newlyn Art Gallery. It houses Galleries with changing exhibitions focusing on the historic art of West Cornwall, usually including the world famous 'Newlyn School' artists, such as Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley and 'Lamorna' Birch, who lived in the area from 1880 to 1940. The House also holds a permanent collection of paintings by artists of the Newlyn School and Lamorna Group, such as The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Normwan Garstin and School is Out by Elizabeth Forbes (please note the display changes). The museum looks at Cornish life and archaeology and presents over 6000 years of West Cornwall history and has activities and games for children. View thousands of photographic archives via computer terminal. There is a licensed cafe overlooking the park, a gift / book shop, Ramped / lift access throughout, Adapted toilet, Nappy changing facilities, 3 disabled badge parking spaces. Please telephone for exhibition information, opening times and admission fee.

Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE.

Tel: 01736 363625

www.penleehouse.org.uk

Poldark Mine

Helston Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mine

A Free entry site with something for all ages. Experience the 18th century tin mine, guided tours and on certain days in summer evening candle lit ghost tours. Craft Workshops, Candle Making including dip your own candle, pan for gold, Pottery throwing, look around Turner's Antiques, Cafe for a cream tea and other refreshments, paint a ceramic, Ceramic Painting, see the wood turners and Silversmiths at work. Please note the mine tour is unsuitable for those in wheelchairs Open backed and high heeled shoes are not suitable for the mine tour and for safety reasons carrying children underground is forbidden, the admission of children under 4 is at the guides discretion. Please telephone to discuss your requirements before you visit to ensure you will have an enjoyable visit.

2 miles from Helston on the B3297 to Redruth

Poldark Mine, Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ES

Tel: 01326 573173

Presingoll Pottery

Bodmin Cornwall

North Cornwall

Gallery

Traditional Cornish pottery, ceramic painting studio, pot throwing, Cornish fudge, Cornish food shop, pottery and gift shop. Refreshments at the potters wheel cafe. Free parking and entrance.

Presingoll Pottery, Treningle Hill, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5JX

Tel: 01208 832255

R.N.A.S Culdrose Guided Tours

Lizard Peninsula / Helston

West Cornwall

Royal Navy Base

Experience a tour around a real Royal Navy base. Well stocked shop and cafe with viewing windows of the base (can visit without attending tour), free parking. All visitors on tours will be subject to search and identification checks

Public Viewing Area, Gill Gabben, Helston

Tel: 01326 565085

Royal Cornwall Museum

Truro Cornwall

West Cornwall

Museum

Regularly changing exhibitions, art galleries, pottery, licensed cafe, Cornish book shop and souvenirs. Activities for children.

Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall

Tel: 01872 272205

www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Tate St Ives

St Ives Cornwall

West Cornwall

Gallery

Family activities, exhibitions of modern and contemporary art all in an amazing building set on the coast with panoramic viewing windows. Free entry for under 18s and over 60s. Winter season locals pass available.

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

Tel: 01736 796226

www.tate.org.uk/stives

The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Penzance / Lands End

West Cornwall

Theatre / visitor centre

An outdoor theatre carved into the coastline rocks. Watch productions set against the dramatic coastline backdrop. Visitor Centre, daytime visiting when you can look around the visitor centre and explore the theatre. Coffee shop. Fantastic views across Porthcurno Bay.

Porthcurno Cornwall TR19 6JU

Tel: 01736 810694

www.minack.com

Wonder Years Toy Experience

Bude Cornwall

North Cornwall

Museum

Collection of toys from the 60s, 70s and 80s so time for a nostalgic reflection on the toys you used to have. Quiz to test your knowledge and even a chance to purchase old sweet favourites.

Tel: 01288 359979

World of Model Railways

Mevagissey Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Model Railway

Indoor attraction, located near the harbour. Large model railway display with scenery and detailed landscapes. Buttons to press to make the scenery work. Accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

World of Model Railways, Meadow Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6UL

Tel: 01726 842457

Web: www.model-railway.co.uk