Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden - Tate

Barnoon Hill
St Ives TR26 1AD

Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden have been run by the Tate since 1980, and are now an integral part of Tate St Ives. Hepworth, who died in 1975, asked in her will that Trewyn Studios and the adjacent garden, with a group of her sculptures placed as she wished, be permanently open to the public. Visiting the museum and Garden is a unique experience, which gives remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th-century artists.

Bodmin Town Museum

Mount Folly
Bodmin PL31 2HQ

Interesting local history museum using photographs, text and artefacts in displays showing rocks and minerals, WWI and WWII showcases, model forge, agricultural implements, a Cornish kitchen (Victorian), Bardic items, law and order, wildlife, railways, local worthies, medieval church exhibits, Victoriana and fire service including 1770 fire engine.

Callington Heritage Centre

Liskeard Road
Callington PL17 7HA

Callington Heritage Centre is situated in the former chapel building on Liskeard Road, Callington. Our interests span all aspects of the social and economic history of Callington and all the surrounding parishes.

Castle Bude, The

Lower Wharf
Bude EX23 8LG

Bude-Stratton Museum was established in 1974 by the Town Council in an old blacksmith's forge once owned by Bude Canal. By 1994 it had become the first north Cornwall museum to gain MGC Certification status. In 2007 it was renamed 'heritage centre' and re-housed in the Council's newly renovated building, The castle.

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Quay Road, Charlestown
St Austell PL25 3NJ

The centre tells the history of diving, salvage and shipwrecks from the earliest times to the present day. Originally a dry house for china clay on underground tunnels that visitors can explore.

Constantine Heritage Collection

The Tolmen Centre, Fore Street
Constantine TR11 5AA

From mining and quarrying, music and farming, bowling, and bands to cricket, art and religion, Constantine has a fascinating past. The museum reflects the life and times of this vibrant community near the Helford River.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum

The Keep
Bodmin PL31 1EG

Cornwall's Regimental Museum is recognized as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England. Housed in 'The Keep' at Bodmin, which is a Grade II listed building, constructed at the time of the Napoleonic threats, the collection tells the story of the County Regiment from 1702 until the present date. The displays cover the story of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, the volunteers and volunteer militia and the successor Regiment, The Light Infantry.

Cotehele - National Trust

St Dominick
Saltash PL12 6TA

Medieval house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds.

Cotehele Mill - National Trust

St Dominick
Saltash PL12 6TA

Restored working watermill and agricultural workshops. Flour produced is regularly available for sale.

Davidstow Airfield Cornwall at War Museum

Nottles Park, Davidstow
Camelford PL32 9YF

The Davidstow Airfield Cornwall at War Museum has a wide remit, dedicated primarily to RAF Davidstow moor from its opening on 1st October 1942 until its closure at the end of 1945. It also covers all the other airfields along the North Comwall coast, the Royal Navy in and around the county, the Army civilian services, home front etc.

Elliotts Grocery Store

27 Lower Fore Street
Saltash PL12 6JQ

Elliott's Store was closed in the 1970s and remains as it was when closed, although the fixtures and fitings predate this by many decades. An exhibition concentrates on the history of the family, the building and local social history.

Fowey Museum

Town Hall, Trafalgar Square
Fowey PL3 1AT

Housed in the old Fowey Borough Council Chamber the collection illustrates the past social and civic history of the town. Includes mayoral regalia, costumes, old photographs, models of old sailing ships postcards, etc.

Geevor Tin Mine Museum & Heritage Centre

Penzance TR19 7EW

Geevor, situated amid the dramatic scenery of Cornwall's Atlantic coast, is the largest mining history site in the UK. Here you can see how tin was mined and then processed.

Gerrans Heritage Centre

The Old Forge,
Tregassick Road TR2 5EF

The history of Gerrans Parish is represented in the Heritage Centre through displays depicting farming through the ages, the fishing industry, education, Domesday Book entries and much more. Displays are illustrated with photographs, tithe maps and other documents.

Grampound with Creed Heritage Centre

Old Town Hall,
Fore Street TR2 4QS

The Grampound with Creed Heritage Project has opened a Heritage Centre. It is accommodated in the Old Town Hall at Grampound and comprises a listening post for oral histories, a digital photo-archive, wall banners showing the history of the area and a short film about the locality.

Harveys Foundry Trust / Hayle Heritage Centre

John Harvey House, 24 Foundry Square
Hayle TR27 4HH

Hayle Heritage Centre is run by Harvey's Foundry Trust - a charity that has for over 20 years been working to protect and promote Hayles rich heritage. The centre is based at Harvey's Foundry site renowned for its contribution to major engineering projects of the 19th century and is associated with great engineers of the Industrial Revolution.

Helston Folk Museum

Old Butter Market, Market Place
Helston TR13 8TH

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.

Holywell & Crantock - National Trust

North Cornwall coast
near Newquay TR8 5RN

The Holy Jesus Hospital is a hidden Gem in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne with over 700 years of history to explore. Home to an Augustinian Friary, an alms house, a soup kitchen and a Tudor tower, the site covers a wide period of history.

Isles of Scilly Museum

Church Street
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT

Following the severe gales in the winter of 1962, Nornour (Eastern Isles) yielded up some remarkable Romano-British finds, causing some St Mary's residents to establish a local museum. After much fundraising and thanks to huge volunteer enthusiasm, the present Museum was built.

King Edward Mine Museum

Camborne TR14 9HW

The award-winning King Edward Mine Museum specialises in the mining history of Cornwall. It tells the remarkable story of how this mine has survived almost unaltered for over 100 years.

Lanhydrock - National Trust

Bodmin PL30 5AD

One of the most fascinating and complete late 19th-century houses in England, Lanhydrock is full of period atmosphere. Although the gatehouse and north wing (with magnificent 32yd-long gallery with plaster ceiling) survive from the 17th century, the rest of the house was rebuilt following a disastrous fire in 1881.

Lawrence House - National Trust

9 Castle Street
Launceston PL15 8BA

Lawrence House, Launceston, is a fine Georgian house built in 1753, located in a street which John Betjeman described as 'having the most perfect collection of 18th century townhouses in Cornwall'. It is owned by the National Trust and leased to Launceston Town Council, who use it to house the town museum, and for the Mayor to host small gatherings.

Leach Pottery

Higher Stennack
St Ives TR26 2HE

The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world. Today, following a restoration and rebuild project which was completed in 2008, the Leach Pottery includes the historic workshop and kilns, a dedicated museum space, contemporary gallery and shop and working production studios where the new range of Leach tableware is made by a small international team of potters and apprentices.

Liskeard & District Museum

Foresters Hall, Pike Street
Liskeard PL14 3JE

The Caradon mining area is a magnet for industrial heritage enthusiasts. The remains of engine houses on the south eastern edge of Bodmin Moor tell of 19th century mines producing copper, tin and other minerals.

Lostwithiel Museum

16 Fore Street
Lostwithiel PL22 0AS

12th century Lostwithiel was an important town and major port, becoming the capital of Cornwall in the 13th century. Today's fully accredited museum is a registered charity run by volunteers.

Marazion Museum

Town Hall, Market Place
Marazion TR17 0AP

A very small museum run by enthusiastic volunteers. The museum houses many artefacts - around 90% of which come from Marazion - and the collections depict life in the town of last century.

Mary Newman's Cottage

48 Culver Road,
Saltash PL12 4DS

The cottage gives an insight into Tudor life for the majority of Elizabethans. The interior has a kitchen and bedroom and the garden is a replica of Elizabethan style and includes many plants of the age and information on their uses.

Mevagissey Museum

East Wharf,
Inner Harbour PL26 6QR

History's first mention of Mevagissey is in 1313, but its fine, harbourside museum suggests it is much older. Older even than the two 6th century Irish missionaries who gave it its name, or the archaeologically attested trade with Phoenicians in copper and tin.

Mount Edgcumbe House

Torpoint PL10 1HZ

Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

Museum of Witchcraft

The Harbour
Boscastle PL35 0HD

The museum of Witchcraft houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. The museum has been in Boscastle since 1960 and is one of Cornwalls most popular museums. Attached to the museum is library which has over 5500 occult related titles, and can be accessed by appointment, and is free of charge for members of 'Friends of the Boscastle museum of Witchcraft' - a charity created to support the museum.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Discovery Quay
Falmouth TR11 3QY

The multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation. The museum features a number of stunning exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall. Collections: National Small Boat collection of about 140 boats and other objects and collectables.

Newquay Old Cornwall Society

Secretary, 11, St Aubyn Crescent
Newquay TR7 2RQ

The object of the society is to advance the education of the public in Cornish pre-history, history, traditions, folklore, music, industries and in the Cornish language. The society arranges lectures, exhibitions, seminars and visits and participates in the activities of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.

Padstow Museum

The Institute, Market Place
Padstow PL28 8AL

This small but interesting museum is situated just 20 metres from the harbour side in the port of Padstow on the North Cornish Coast. Initially set up in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, it holds an interesting collection of artefacts giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road
Penzance TR18 4HE

Penlee House is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 - c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight. Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall's archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent caf?_ and well-stocked shop.

Penryn Museum

Town Hall,
Higer Market Street TR10 8LT

Our small museum encompasses interesting objects from the vast span of unique history of Penryn and gives an insight into the people who created our past.

Perranzabuloe Museum

Oddfellows Hall, Ponsmere Road
Perranporth TR6 0BW

Perranzabuloe, meaning 'Perran in the sands', is one of the largest parishes in Cornwall. The biggest centre of population is Perranporth where the museum is located.

Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing

The Warren
Polperro PL13 2RB

A small, friendly museum situated in the old Pilchard Factory right on the harbour of the historic fishing village of Polperro. Exhibits depict the history of fishing and smuggling as well as local and family history, and include a fascinating photographic collection dating back to the 1860s.

Port Eliot

Port Eliot Estate Office, St Germans
Saltash PL12 5ND

Port Eliot has the rare distinction of being a Grade 1 listed house with a Grade 1 listed park and garden.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Eastern House, Porthcurno
Penzance TR19 6JX

Porthcurno in Cornwall is one of the UK's most important historic communications sites and home to the award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, housed in an underground Second World War building. In 1870 when the beautiful valley of Porthcurno first became a communications centre, pioneering engineers were just beginning to create their own 'Victorian Internet'. Collections: The core collection of submarine telegraphy objects and the historic archive collections of key international telegraph cable companies tell the story of the development of international communication that changed the world.

Redruth Museum & Treasure Park

Tolgus Tin, Treasure Park
New Portreath Road TR16 4HN

Built on the site of an old tin mine and set amidst breath-taking gardens, the Treasure Park is a major family attraction in Cornwall. Redruth Town Museum is on site - find out more about the real mine, view the mining artefacts, tools, maps and tin ingots and transport yourself back with the photographs and displays lovingly cared for by the Redruth Old Cornwall Society.

Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street
Truro TR1 2SJ

Discover Cornwall's unique culture from the ancient past to the present day along with art and artefacts from around the world. Explore magnificent minerals, archaeology and natural history, along with our impressive collection of Newlyn School paintings, old masters and decorative art.

Saltash Heritage

Saltash Heritage Museum and Local History Centre, 17 Lower Fore Street
Saltash PL12 6JQ

Saltash Heritage was formed in 1986 by the late Cornelius 'Corny' Hearl and a group of like minded local people who wanted to see the formation of a permanent museum for Saltash.

St Agnes Parish Museum

Penwinnick Road
St Agnes TR5 0PA

An award-winning volunteer-run Museum and Interpretative Centre, comprising information, artefacts and curios relating to the Parish of St Agnes.

St Hilary Church & Heritage Centre

St Hilary Churchtown, St Hilary
Penzance TR20 9DQ

A small Heritage Centre in a newly-restored Old School building beside St Hilary Church, displaying the rich culture and heritage of the area. Descriptive panels tell the story under various themes and other small artefacts and documents are on view.

St Ives Archives

Upper Parish Room, St Andrew's Street
St Ives TR26 1AH

We are an archive study centre that collects information on all aspects of St Ives and district history: includes art, fishing, folklore, industry, genealogy, maritime, mining, social history, wartime, buildings, writers, musicians etc.

St Ives Museum

Wheal Dream,
St Ives TR26 1PR

The museum, situated in the old fishing quarter of the town and overlooking St Ives Bay, contains many varied displays and collections relating to the St Ives locality. It is St Ives's best kept secret, so there is plenty for all ages to discover and learn.

St Michael's Mount - National Trust

Penzance TR17 0EF

Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community, one of England's most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. An enchanting medieval castle and church perched upon a craggy island.

Torpoint Archives

Council Offices, 3 Bullers Road
Torpoint PL11 2LQ

The Torpoint Archives have a great deal of useful information to help those researching their Torpoint ancestry. Such information includes the Torpoint Censuses 1841-1911, local parish records (baptisms, marriages and burials), Trade Directories from 1830 and, for the late 18th century, extracts from the Antony Estate records noting many residents in Torpoint in the 1770s and 1780s.

Wayside Museum & Trewey Watermill

Nr St Ives TR26 3DA

An evocative collection of 5000+ artefacts collected over the past 75 years, vividly portraying the lives of the people who lived and worked this ancient landscape in and around Zennor in the far west of Cornwall from 3000BC to the 1950s, all set in areas within the garden of a 16th century Miller's cottage. The granite watermill has been painstakingly restored to full working order, using traditional materials and skills.

Wheal Martyn Museum & Country Park

St Austell PL26 8XG

Set within 26 acres of woodland and nature trails Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park is the UK's only heritage centre which tells the story of Cornwall's billion pound China Clay industry and the lives of the people who lived and worked in the shadows of the white pyramids. Collections: Industrial archaeology, photographs, archives and social history items relating to the china clay industry and the St Austell area.