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.

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.
Free entry
Open 10am-4pm

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.

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:
18th October
The history and inspiration behind Alan Kents award winning plays.
Dr Alan Kent

25th October
Photographs from Britannia.
Tom Suddes

1st November
The “Verrey” Diaries – a recording of an airman’s time of RNAS Mullion – in conjunction with our WWI exhibition.

8th November
Another chance to see a special magic lantern show of Cornish Shipwrecks.
John Strike

15th November
Women of Waterloo and the Prussian Wars – A look into the costumes and objects.
Nicola Butland

22nd November
A Promenade Lecture – folklore around the museum.
Steve Pattison

Suitable for

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


FREE, donations welcomed.

Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

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