Lawrence House Museum

Lawrence House Museum

  • Open end of March through to October
  • Admission free
  • Local history

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´. Built in 1753, Lawrence House was given to the National Trust to help preserve the character of the street. It is owned by the National Trust and leased to Launceston Town Council, who use it to house the town museum, and as a civic centre.

The museum is spread over three floors of the house with numerous exhibits divided between loosely themed rooms. The exhibits focus predominantly on local history, inhabitants of the town whose activities were recognized in their day, such as John Couch Adams, the astronomer who is credited with co-discovering Neptune in 1846, and, of course Launceston´s association with Australia. There are eleven display rooms which include a war room, a toy museum, a Victorian kitchen and an exhibition room with, at present, a display of early twentieth century watercolours

The museum is open from the end of March to the end of October.Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10.30 until 16.30. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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