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

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

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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!

Cornish Quiz

Cornish Quiz

  • 28 July — 31 December 2015 *on now

A new permanent feature at the museum is our Cornish Quiz!

Follow the trail around the museum and learn the Cornish words for some of our favourite objects!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome!



Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

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