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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
poster for "old, odd & unseen"

Old, Odd & Unseen

  • 4 — 30 June 2016

In our new exhibition we will be showcasing the best "Old, Odd & Unseen" photographs in our collection. From hand painted photographs of flamboyant outfits to street scenes of Helston during the 1860's come along and see unseen treasures that have never been on display before!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcomed!



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.

The Grylls Monument - Talk

  • 31 May 2016 1-2pm *on now
  • 3 June 2016 1-2pm

Taking place on two dates 31st May and 3rd June at Helston Museum 1pm!

A presentation by Amanda Boxer B.Ed. followed by a tour of Humphry’s haunts in Coinagehall Street.

Light refreshments available.

The Presentation will explore the Life and times of Humphry Millett Grylls, the events leading to the erection of the Grylls Monument and the connection with Great Wheal Vor Mine.

Free but booking advisable.
Tickets available from Helston Guildhall and Helston Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcomed.




Krafty Kids: Cress Pots!

  • 2 June 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Come along to another of our ever popular Krafty Kids sessions! This time we will be making plant pots from yoghurt pots, decorating and planting with cress seeds!

Session starts at 10:30am - 12:30pm come along throughout the session to decorate and plant your cress.

We also have a make & take table running all week making insect masks Mon - Sat.

FREE but donations welcomed!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Free, donations welcomed.


Bells & Brides

  • 4 June 2016 10:30am-2:30pm

This will be the first of Helston Museum’s “Photo Roadshow" events, where you can come along & see images from our photographic collections.

This time help the museum to identify “who’s who” in the wedding photos in our photographic archive.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcomed.



Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

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