Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum

Providing a fascinating insight into Cornish and worldwide life and culture throughout the last ten thousand years, the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is home to thousands of historical artefacts. See what you can discover this holiday…

Model of a reed funerary, from Ancient Egypt
Children enjoying a hands-on exhibition
A coin from the Truro Mint, set up during the civil war (1642-46) to support Charles I
Ceramic dish from Faenza, Italy - late 16th century
Children painting
A woolly rhino tooth


The Royal Cornwall Museum is home to a number of collections, including some of the county’s finest historical and contemporary art. It is the only museum in Cornwall with a permanent Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian exhibition; this includes the 25th Dynasty mummy, Iset Tayef Nakh - a priest from the Temple of Al Karnack - plus ancient textiles and Roman glass vessels.

There is also a Decorative Art collection which spans seven centuries and various different cultures from around the world, with rare ceramics, silver and furniture.

The Natural History collection holds dinosaur remains, a world-renowned mineral collection and fossils which are millions of years old… and the World Cultures collection includes findings from the global travels of Cornishmen – including weapons, carvings and sacred statues.

Bronze Age Cornish gold and artefacts from the county’s more recent mining heritage can be found in the Cornish History and Archaeology collection; the Courtney Library holds significant collections of Cornish manuscripts, including those of author Winston Graham and the steam engine inventor Richard Trevithick; and there is also a large collection of images of Cornish life from 1845 right up until present day. 

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions; in 2017, this includes the Heart of Conflict story of Cornwall’s struggle during World War I, which runs until the end of June 2017. This exhibition tells the story of Cornish men and women sent to war, as well as those left behind.

Mexico: The Cornish Connection runs until the end of March 2017, detailing Cornwall’s cultural influence on Mexico. This includes the introduction of the pasty and Mexico’s reproduction of Cornish engine houses.

Finally, a Poldark exhibition will run between February 2017 and February 2018, including eighteenth century objects and stills from the recent television series.


The Royal Cornwall Museum hosts a number of educational events throughout the year, including Lecture Days and themed family-fun days. Family backpacks and free family trails are available all year round.


The Royal Cornwall Museum is open from Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 4.45pm, with last admission at 4pm.

Under 16s are free; adult day tickets are charged at £5.50 (£1 of which is classed as a voluntary donation to the museum). It is possible to buy day tickets without the donation.

The Courtney Library is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 1pm, and 2pm and 4pm – by appointment only.


We have 11 cottages near truro



Pin It on Pinterest