St Ives Museum

St Ives Museum

The museum, situated in the old fishing quarter of the town and overlooking St Ives Bay, contains many varied displays and collections relating to the St Ives locality. It is St Ives's best kept secret, so there is plenty for all ages to discover and learn.
We can cater for many subjects, mainly those which reflect the history of our town: Fishing, Railway, Seaside Holidays, Mining etc.  Slide taks and audio visual presentations can also be arranged, but prior notice is essential.
Activity sheets are available for three areas of the museum: - Fishing, Mining and Farming at a modest charge.  As St. Ives was famous for its cats, for both old and young alike, there are our museum cats and their freinds to Find For Fun (at the last count thirty four cats and four kittens!).
Displays include: - Agriculture, Archaeology, Cornish Kitchen, Fishing, Geology, Local History, Mining, Hain Steamship Company, R.N.L.I., Social History, Textiles, Tradesmen's Tools, Wreck and Rescue, War Memorabilia, Audio-visual presentations of local events and old photographs (copies of many may be purchased)

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday  to Friday - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Opening from Monday 18th April to Saturday 29th October Closed Good Friday and Sundays Limited mobility access to both floors

Admission charges

Adults: £2.00
Children - 5 to 16 years of age: 50p
Schools visits - no charge for Cornish school pupils, but a donation would be appreciated.  It is imperative that bookings are made in advance.

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'Find the cats' trail!

Acivity Sheets and cats trail

Three family Museum activity sheets on fishing, farming and mining (20p each). Plus, can you find the hidden cats? Cats were an integral part of harbour life in St Ives and over thirty cats are hidden in the Museum's Collections (free)

St Ives Museum
Wheal Dream,
St Ives
TR26 1PR



01736 796005

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