Royal Cornwall Museum

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

Fax

01872 240514

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Families taking part in a nature day
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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 featuring the best of Cornish art together with major national and international tours.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Open 10:00am - 4.45pm Tuesday - Saturday

Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Adults £5 Annual Pass (pay once get in all year), Children (18 and under) Free.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
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.

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.

From Great Beginnings to the 21st Century

  • 13 February — 6 September 2014 *on now

From Great Beginnings to the 21st Century
exhibits paintings, sculpture and ceramics which were originally collected for schoolchildren in Cornwall with the help of Dame Barbara Hepworth in the 1960s and thanks to a generous anonymous benefactor. Artists such as Bernard Leach, Jacob Epstein and Anthony Frost are featured in the collection which now numbers over 100 pieces.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall

  • 5 April — 4 September 2014 *on now

Collection of Cornish cultural treasures
Maeve Kennedy, The Guardian, Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall explores representations of working people, the people who manually shaped Cornwall into the place it is today. Miners, fishermen, jowsters, quarry workers, knitters, blacksmiths and farmers, Cornwall's life blood, represented by some of the most influential artists working in Cornwall during the 19th and 20th centuries. Including works by Stanhope Forbes, Harold Harvey, Lucy Kemp-Welch and Henry Scott Tuke this exhibition will give a sense of what working life might have been like for the people depicted. , Previously exhibited with excellent reviews at Two Temple Place in London the exhibition highlights the important role of Cornwall as a centre for the production of a particular kind of realistic, rural art at the end of the 19th century.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

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.

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