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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Make and take half term activity!

  • 15 — 26 February 2016

All week we will have materials out for you to use to make a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day, a handmade frame to put a drawing, poem or letter!

Materials will be available for anyone to use all day Mon - Sat 10am-4pm and completely FREE.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


Free, donations welcomed



Image of the boating lake in Helston at night by Jacob Fullman.

Helston 365

  • 15 — 26 February 2016

We can announce that on the 15th of Feb we will be opening our 365 photography exhibition. Thank you for all of the contributors and please share with anyone you know who took part so that they can see their work in this fantastic community project!

A visual diary of 2015, reflecting life in & around Helston through the lens of locals. A photograph taken every day last year, documenting the changing seasons and everyday life in the town.

Come along and see the range of subjects, styles and stories!

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.
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Open creative writing workshops

  • 10 February 2016 12-2:30pm
  • 24 February 2016 12-2:30pm
  • 9 March 2016 12-2:30pm
  • 23 March 2016 12-2:30pm

Be inspired by the rich collections at Helston Museum and receive feedback on your poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, or other experimental writing.

The sessions are all drop in so you don't need to attend all of the sessions or prepare anything in advance.

Wednesday January 27th 2016 1 - 2:30pm

Wednesday February 10th 2016 1 - 2:30pm

Wednesday February 24th 2016 1 - 2:30pm

Wednesday March 9th 2016 1 - 2:30pm

Wednesday March 23rd 2016 1 - 2:30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age





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Gentle Yoga with Mira Love.

  • 12 February 2016 9-10:30am
  • 19 February 2016 9-10:30am
  • 26 February 2016 9-10:30am
  • 4 March 2016 9-10:30am
  • 11 March 2016 9-10:30am

Fridays Helston Museum - start date Friday 5th February 9.00am - 10.30am

Yoga is a very pleasant and absorbing way for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to release tension from both body and mind. Come along and learn physical positions, breathing techniques, and conscious relaxation.
Please bring a mat or blanket to work on and a blanket for your warmth and comfort during relaxation.

For More information contact the museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£8.50 drop in sessions or £45 in advance for 6 weeks



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FEB Krafty Kids - Mothers Day Special!

  • 18 February 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Join our crafty wizards for this craft workshop of any age...

This session we will be making recycled Mother's day bouquets using plastic bags to create a flower arrangement which will never wilt!

Come along Thursday the 18th Feb at Helston Museum from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 5-6


Free, donations welcomed.



Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.