Helston Folk Museum

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Housed in the former butter and meat markets, now also the Drill Hall, the museum was established in 1949. The collection is mainly Victorian and covers all aspects of life on the Lizard Peninsula. Additions in recent times include an Early Learning Area, art and costume galleries and a shop. New displays for 2009 include serpentine and wartime.

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Opening hours

All Year:
Mon - Sat 10:00-13:00

Holiday periods: 10:00-16:00

Closed for 1 week at Christmas

Admission charges


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.

Curious Collections

  • 2 February 2015 — 1 February 2016 *on now

Do you have a curious collection? We have a space within the museum dedicated to exhibiting personal collections, our current display is of a collection of model cats, so whatever you collect we want! Please don't hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you!,

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome!

May Half term activities at Helston Museum

  • 25 — 30 May 2015

This May half term we are continuing our theme of Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's' 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' with themed activities for children. Running from 25th May - 29th May, Alice's trail through, Wonderland. Help Alice find characters or key, items around the Museum, mentioned in her stories, - Free, all week. Activities Table, Free, all week. 'Krafty Kids', Make and take workshop, Thursday 28th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, £3 per child, any age. Baby Jam (one of six), Sensory play for babies, £2 donation, Thursday 28th May, 1.30pm - 2.30pm,

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Free, donations welcome!

Baby Jam

  • 28 May — 2 June 2015

Baby Jam is a sensory session for newborn babies to babies who are just about to crawl. Baby Jam is a drop-in sensory session full of sights, textures, aromas and sound. It's a chance for young babies and their carers to experience everyday items, plus some purpose made delights, in the welcoming surroundings of Helston Museum. Suggested donation £2. Thurs 28th May: 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Thurs 4th June: 10.30am - 11.30am, Thurs 11th June: 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Thurs 18th June: 10.30am - 11.30am, Thurs 25th June: 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Thurs 2nd June: 10.30am - 11.30am,

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£2 suggested donation

Helston Folk Museum
Old Butter Market
Market Place
TR13 8TH







01326 564027


01326 569714

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