Summer at Cornwall's Museums
Cornwall's Museums are all ready for summer 2019. With 6 weeks of fun and games to get stuck into and families & visitors of all shapes and sizes to entertain, there’s no better time to see what’s happening at Cornwall’s museums. Cornwall is home to over 70 museums so you won’t be short of things for the whole family to enjoy, here is just some of what is going on in our six top picks.
Both a gallery and a museum, Penlee House sits in the centre of Penzance and houses an ever changing collection of works of art, many by the Newlyn artists of the late 1800s, early 1900s. Founded in 1839, the museum collections cover 6000 years of history in west Cornwall, from Penwith's awe-inspiring archaeological sites to the area's more recent social history. The recently refurbished social history gallery houses a wealth of artefacts covering the area's fascinating and often quirky heritage. The cafe, with its outside terrace, is a favourite of both locals and visitors.
Discover what life was like without computers or mobile phones. Step back in time, and dress up as a 1940’s telegraph engineer, finding out a little more about the jobs and positions the locals took on during this exciting time and the places they travelled to. Come along and visit, connect the dots and meet the pioneers of global communication that made long distance messaging possible.
Put on your hard hat, climb the escape stairs to the viewing platform to enjoy spectacular views high above Porthcurno valley. If that wasn’t enough, one of the best beaches in Cornwall is just a five-minute walk away. What are you waiting for?
Whether you want to find out more about Cornwall’s rich China Clay mining heritage, discover the Victorian clay works, stroll the nature trails or see modern mining in action at Pit View – a visit to Wheal Martyn offers something for everyone……even the dog! Find out more about the magical ingredient that you never knew existed in products you use every day – paper, toothpaste, rubber and of course ceramics – plus lots more!
Your children will love tearing around and exploring everything there is to see at Wheal Martyn. There’s plenty to capture their imaginations from giant waterwheels to vintage trucks and a train, plus a fantastic adventure play area where they can let off steam in the fresh air.
The gallery has an outstanding collection of over 2,000 artworks that range from Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist paintings to contemporary prints, photography and a children's illustration archive. We also have the largest contemporary collection of automata in a public museum and regularly commission new ones. We have a vibrant exhibition programme so the works on display from our collection are constantly changing and there is always something new and exciting for visitors of all ages.
In the heart of the city of Truro, the RCM gives you the chance to explore 1000s of historical objects from both Cornwall and the rest of the world, along with the county’s finest art collections. It is also the only museum in Cornwall with, a British Museum supported, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibition, along with a collection of rare ceramics, a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art on display.
With over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, exciting temporary exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects there’s plenty to explore at this family friendly museum in Falmouth. Climb to the top of the 100 foot Look Out Tower for breathtaking panoramic views over the harbour. Then travel down to the Tidal Zone and go underwater.