Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

  • Free Admission
  • Regular Exhibitions
  • Fully Accessible
  • Shop

The Royal Cornwall Museum located in the heart of Truro holds a fascinating collection of Cornish and European archeology and social history, as well as world cultures.

The Royal Institution of Cornwall which was founded in 1818 owns and manages the Museum. It started in order to promote knowledge of the history, ethnology, and the fine and industrial arts associated with Cornwall. It is Cornwall’s oldest and most prestigious museum, famed for its internationally important collections.

The Rashleigh Gallery houses the finest collection of minerals in Cornwall, the Fine Art Gallery displays a selection of works including Cornish artists such as John Opie and Henry Bone as well as other British and European artists such as Hogarth and Cranach. Young minds always enjoy the Nature Gallery and the mummy in the Egyptian gallery.

This year the museum has some incredible exhibitions including Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection, A Retrospective of Henry Scott Tuke and Poldark’s Cornwall – The Life and Times of Winston Graham. These exhibitions are supplemented with a programme of talks, lectures and special events.The Courtney Library and Photographic Collection provide a rich resource for those wishing to research family or Cornish history. Call 01872 272205 to book an appointment.

The shop is perfect for finding a wide range of excellent books, local jewelry and cards. Next door is a restaurant called Panama Jakes which is open every day apart from Sundays and serves Latin American cuisine.

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