Royal Cornwall Museum

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Discover Cornwall’s unique culture from the ancient past to the present day along with art and artefacts from around the world. Explore magnificent minerals, archaeology and natural history, along with our impressive collection of Newlyn School paintings, old masters and decorative art. Family trails & activities, talks and lectures occur throughout the year along with a full programme of exciting exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Open 10:00am - 4.45pm Tuesday - Sunday

Closed Mondays*
*open 7 days a week in school holidays

Admission charges

Adults: £5.50 for a day pass (tickets include a £1 voluntary donation) , Children (16 and under) Free.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By Rail: Mainline to Truro and then 10 minutes walk down the hill, the museum will be on your left.

By Car: To the Park and Ride at Threemilestone and then get the P&R Bus whcich drops off and picks up right outside the museum.

By Bus: First Buses and Western Greyhound all drop off and pick up outside the museum. The main Bus Station at Lemon Quay is 10 minutes walk away.

Additional info

Facilities and Access:
Wheelchair accessible toilets and nappy changing facilities, shop, cafe, ramp and lift.

The Royal Institution of Cornwall has been responsible for a museum since its inception. The diverse collections it has acquired over the years are held within the Courtney Library & Archive and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The majority of collections relate mainly to Cornwall, but there are others from the rest of the UK and abroad.

The Courtney Library & Archive holds books, periodicals, archive material and ephemera relating to Cornwall and the South West of England. In addition, there is an extensive photographic collection which records the history of Cornwall from 1845 to date.

The Royal Cornwall Museum holds collections of Cornish & European archaeology and social history, as well as world cultures. The fine and decorative art collections hold work by Cornish artists, designers and makers but also contain significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world. The geology and flora & fauna of the South West of England are represented in the geological and biological collections and are complimented by UK and world material.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Jubilee Lantern Procession

Hireth- A Cornish Landscape

  • 29 March — 30 December 2017 *on now

This exhibition gathers together a wide selection of work by artists who have been inspired by the land and seascapes of Cornwall. The exhibition largely shows work from the museum’s collection but also takes the opportunity to showcase pieces from Cornwall Council’s Schools Art Collection.

The exhibition’s curator, Michael Harris, speaking about the show said that “the word Hireth comes from the Cornish language describing a longing for familiarity and the comfort of home. This concept is illustrated through a wide range of different artists who have been able to capture and brilliantly communicate the emotion of Cornwall’s land and seascapes.”

Included in the exhibition is sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, painting by Paul Feiler, Alfred Wallis, L S Lowry, and Penzance born Margo Maeckelberghe, as well as a newly restored work by 19th century Newlyn School artist John Noble Barlow. There are also selections of Alec Walker’s Cryséde textiles.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Under 16’s go FREE.
Adults: £5.50 for a day pass (tickets include a £1 voluntary donation).

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/visiting-us

Helen Marton Pot

4000 Years in the Making

  • 14 October — 30 December 2017 *on now

Through this contemporary craft exhibition artist Helen Marton endeavours to communicate archaeology in a unique way. The works on display respond directly to significant archaeological finds discovered at Tremough in Penryn, Cornwall.

Several of the objects found at the site will be on display alongside distinctive hybrid craftworks where Helen uses a range of traditional and digital techniques to explore the archaeology of the site. Her works reveal much about the use of technologies over time, whilst provoking insights into the lives of our prehistoric ancestors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Under 16’s go FREE.
Adults: £5.50 for a day pass (tickets include a £1 voluntary donation).

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/exhibition/4000-years-making

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Museum After dark

Explore the Museum After Dark at ‘Lates’

  • 13 December 2017 5-6pm
  • 20 December 2017 5-6pm

22nd November
Glow Trail
Explore the museum with a ‘glow trail’; see the museum in a whole new light and explore the dark.

29th November
Magic Lantern Show
Journey back in time and watch a Victorian Magic Lantern show. Suitable for Ages 5+

6th December
Cornish Christmas Traditions
Old Cornwall Society members Christine Parnell & Sheila Richardson will share memories of Cornish Christmases and traditions.

13th December
Carols in the Museum
Be serenaded during your museum late by sweet sounds of Christmas songs.

20th December
A Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Join us for a special reading of excerpts from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.

To reserve a spot at a ‘Museum Late’ please email rsvp@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk or call 01872 272205.

Admission fees apply

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • english

Admission

Admission fees apply

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Mother and daughter with explorer pack.

Explorer Backpacks

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Discover the museum with a backpack and pith helmet. Role the dice and explore with binoculars, tape measure and compass. Log your finds in your explorer log book.

Creator

  • This pack was created by the RIC's Learning Team.

How to obtain

Visit the museum and you may borrow a pack and pith helmet for the duration of your visit.

Getting there

By Rail: Mainline to Truro and then 10 minutes walk down the hill, the museum will be on your left.

By Car: To the Park and Ride at Threemilestone and then get the P&R Bus whcich drops off and picks up right outside the museum.

By Bus: First Buses and Western Greyhound all drop off and pick up outside the museum. The main Bus Station at Lemon Quay is 10 minutes walk away.

Royal Cornwall Museum
River Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2SJ
England

Website

Website

www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01872 272205

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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