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.
Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Archive
Standard Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
Holiday Opening Times:
Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday
December 24th - January 2nd
- Museums Association
Free Admission, Full Disabled Access.
Toilets and baby changing.
Dogs on leads welcome.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Behind The Seams
- 27 September — 19 October 2016 *on now
Behind The Seams is a new costume exhibition showcasing the best of Helston Museum's fantastic costume collection and their hidden details.
Costume never seen before & some you may be familiar with but their hidden details on show. The earliest example is from 1790 for any Poldark fans out there this is sure to be a favourite, as similar dresses have been seen on Elizabeth and Demelza.
Exhibition also includes children’s activities including dress up as a Victorian and a colouring corner.
Exhibition runs from 26th September to the 19th October.
- Any age
Free, donations welcomed.
Autumn Lectures: The history of the Angel Hotel
- 11 October 2016 1-2pm
- 18 October 2016 1-2pm
- 25 October 2016 1-2pm
- 1 November 2016 1-2pm
- 8 November 2016 1-2pm
- 15 November 2016 1-2pm
- 22 November 2016 1-2pm
The rest of the lecture programme is as follows:
The history and inspiration behind Alan Kents award winning plays.
Dr Alan Kent
Photographs from Britannia.
The “Verrey” Diaries – a recording of an airman’s time of RNAS Mullion – in conjunction with our WWI exhibition.
Another chance to see a special magic lantern show of Cornish Shipwrecks.
Women of Waterloo and the Prussian Wars – A look into the costumes and objects.
A Promenade Lecture – folklore around the museum.
- Any age
Tickets £3 refreshments available.
Photo roadshow: School Days
- 15 October 2016 10:30am-1:30pm
Helston Museum’s fourth “Photo Roadshow" event, where you can come along & see images from our photographic collections. A fabulous opportunity to look at our currently unseen photographic archive.
This time help the museum to identify unknown faces in our school photographs.
- Any age
FREE, donations welcomed.