Helston Museum

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Helston Museum was established in 1949 and is housed in a large listed building, formerly the Butter and Egg Market, Cattle Market and Drill Hall in the centre of Helston. The deceptively small entrance leads into five display halls on two floors, bursting with exhibits reflecting the history of Helston and the surrounding area. With one of the best social history, photograph and costume collections in the South West, Helston museum is a fascinating and FREE experience, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome from staff and volunteers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Archive

Opening hours

Standard Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

Holiday Opening Times:

Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday
December 24th - January 2nd

Admission charges



  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free Admission, Full Disabled Access.
Toilets and baby changing.
Dogs on leads welcome.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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.
Summer activities poster.

All Aboard The Helston Museum Railway!

  • 25 July — 3 September 2016

Over the summer holidays we have a special treat for all of our young visitors! The museum will be turned into a railway journey, with different stations, your own suitcase and clues to follow around the museum. Our make and take area will be turned into a railway waiting room where you can make transport themed activities like designing your own railway posters and a costume box!

All activities are FREE!

Helston Museum is open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 5-6


Free, donations welcomed




Krafty Kids + Learn to knit & sew

  • 28 July 2016 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 4 August 2016 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 11 August 2016 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 18 August 2016 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 25 August 2016 10:30am-2:30pm

28th JULY
Making milk jug Nelephants!

Making pebble and glass mosaics.

Planes, boats & Trains themed craft.

18th & 25th AUGUST
Driftwood sculptures &mobiles.

Starting on the 28th July 6 WEEK “Learn to knit & sew”
Suitable for 8 years+
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
1pm - 2:30pm after Krafty Kids sessions.
FREE, booking essential.
Too book a place call: 01326 564027 or info@helstonmuseum.co.uk
The course is limited to 8 places to book fast!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 16-17


Free, donations welcomed.




WW1 Family Research Open Day

  • 30 July 2016 10am-1pm

Saturday 30th July - 10 am til 1 pm - at Helston Museum.

This is a joint session with the museum's photographic digitisation project & Helston WW1 Heritage Project.

Come along and research your family's WW1 history - or just your general family history. If you have any interesting photographs you'd like help with identifying then bring them along too! You will also get to look at some of the WW1 images in the museums photographic archive.

It would also be very helpful if you could bring along your own laptop or tablet as we only have limited ones available, this is to improve ease of use and time but not to worry if you don't have one.

FREE all welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcomed!





  • 30 July 2016 7:30-10pm

In July, we will welcome the famous Dutch pairing of Bobby Rootveld and Sanna van Elst, whose “Duo NIHZ” will perform in Cornwall for the very first time. These fine concert artists have been on semi-permanent tour for most of the last year, with performances literally all over the world. Their unusual programme features Jewish Music Theatre performed on guitar, woodwind, percussion and voice.

Follow the link below to see a clip of them performing some Chassidic dances in Hong Kong:


Tickets are on sale now!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £10 U16's £5



Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

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