Helston Folk Museum

Helston Folk Museum
Old Butter Market
Market Place
TR13 8TH







01326 564027


01326 569714

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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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

And So To Bed

  • 29 January — 30 April 2015 *on now

We have a fantastic new costume display opening today which has been lovingly created by our lovely volunteers!

An extraoridinary look into the past, come and experience what it was like to have endured the cold nights in times gone by!,

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome!

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!

Fix The Flora Day Clock

  • 27 March — 25 April 2015 *on now

For nearly 80 years, the Flora Day Clock, now situated in Helston Museum, has recreated the famous Flora or Furry Dance. Originally built in the late 1930s by the owner of the Regent Hotel in the town, the clock has been through many incarnations, but is now in desperate need of bringing up to date. We are looking for money to refurbish the clock and its workings, digitise the music and make sure that this famous crowd puller lives on for many years!, HelstonMuseumhas been delighting and amusing the people of the town for almost as long we've been in our present building since 1949 and the Flora Day clock is one of our most popular exhibits. The museum is also an integral part of Flora Day, as the Midday Dance winds through the building, and past the clock!, Can you help us? We need to raise £1000 to completely refurbish the clock, its internal workings and update the mechanism controlling the dancers and the music. The work will be carried out by Sam Lanyon, a renowned British designer and technologist, and specialist in repair of automata, who is also based inCornwall. The project is Launching on Friday 27th of March and will run for 4 weeks. We would like to have the clock ready for this year's Flora Day, so time is short! We thought that crowdfunder.co.uk would be an ideal way of raising the money we need as Flora Day is a unique event that brings the whole community together, and we are hoping that the community will also unite behind this campaign to revitalise a much loved and treasured symbol of Helston's history and tradition. To pledge online go to:, https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fix-the-flora-day-clock/, or alternatively come intoHelstonMuseumto Donate in person. HelstonMuseumis open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and admission is free. HelstonMuseum, Market Place, Helston, TR13 8TH, 01326 564027, Instagram: @helston_museum, Twitter: @helstonmuseum, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helstonmuseum, info@helstonmuseum.co.uk, www.helstonmuseum.co.uk,

Suitable for

  • Any age


Donations welcome!