history museums in Cornwall
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Cornwall Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Cornwall ...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Cornwall Museums and Galleries

blank tabFALMOUTH ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2RT
Establishment Photo
Falmouth Art Gallery has one of the most important collections in Cornwall and features work by major British artists including Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Sir Alfred Munnings RA, Henry Scott Tuke RA, John William Waterhouse RA and George Frederick Watts RA.

The gallery has won a number of awards including The Guardians Friendly Family Award, Interpret Britain awards and Heritage And Museums Excellence awards.

Admission Free.
Tel: The Curator on 01326 313863
E-mail: info@falmouthartgallery.com
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blank tabTHE ROYAL CORNWALL MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2SJ

Cornwall’s oldest and most prestigious museum, famed for its internationally important collections. See a myriad of minerals, view an unwrapped mummy, and discover Cornwall’s unique culture. Admire our collection of Newlyn School paintings in our Fine and Decorative Arts gallery. The museum presents an exciting range of changing exhibitions throughout the year together with an extensive educational programme for all the family. The museum's gift shop has something for everyone. There is a wide and varied stock of Cornish items including jewellery and gifts in tin from the South Crofty collection, pewter and tin from St Justin and silver and enamel pieces from Sea Gems.
Tel: 01872 272205    Fax: 01872 240514See our website

blank tabTHE LEVANT STEAM ENGINEMuseums & Galleries
Trewellard, Pendeen, near St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7SX
Establishment Photo
In its tiny engine house perched on the cliff edge, the famous Levant beam engine is steaming again after sixty idle years.

The sight, sounds and smells of this 160-year-old engine conjure up the feel of Cornwall’s industrial past. Half a mile along the cliff is Geevor mine (not NT) and a mining museum.

A short underground tour takes the visitor from the miners’ dry to the main engine shaft via a spiral staircase (subject to completion of work in progress).
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Tel: 01736 786156
E-mail: levant@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Lawrence House

9 Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA
Tel: 01566 773277 (Hon. Curator) 01566 773693 (Town Clerk)
: lawrencehouse@nationaltrust.org.uk lawrencehouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Launceston Photo © Tony Atkin
Launceston -
Photo: Tony Atkin CCL


Typical Georgian town house.

Built in 1753, Lawrence House was given to the Trust to help preserve the character of the street.

It is now leased to Launceston Town Council and in use as a local museum and civic centre.

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