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Royal Cornwall MuseumRoyal Cornwall Museum

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Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum (which also houses the Courtney Library: Cornish History Research Centre) is a wonderful place to find out about Cornwall, its history and its cultural heritage.

As well as having a changing programme of exhibitions, the museum holds collections of art ranging from old master drawings to works by artists in Cornwall still practicing today, a world famous mineral collection, Social History, Cornish archaeology - with a particularly strong bronze age collection, world cultures collections and an Egyptian gallery which includes the remains of the Priest Ast Tayef Nakht, the unwrapped mummy. The museum is owned by the Royal Institution of Cornwall, a registered charity, established in 1818 for ‘the promotion of knowledge in natural history, ethnology and the fine and industrial arts, especially in relation to Cornwall'. This is still at the heart of everything it does today.

The museum is particularly well resourced for families with something to do whenever you visit. As well as family friendly events throughout the year, many of the permanent galleries have activities to help families and children explore the collections. There are toilets and café facilities on site and the museum and library are accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday (open on all Mondays during school holidays and bank holidays)
10am- 4.45pm (last admission 4pm)

Under 16's go free
£5.50 for a day pass*

All day tickets include a £1 voluntary donation to the Royal Cornwall Museum. Day tickets excluding the donation are £1 less.

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Friend of the museum, receive an annual pass, newsletter and invitations to all our events
£10 direct debit/£12 non direct debit.

What's On 2017 event and exhibition listing

Train: 0.5 miles from Truro Train Station

Bus: The Park and Ride from Threemilestone or stops and picks up right outside the museum.

The following buses stop outside the museum:
14, 18, X18, 27, 40, 43, 84, 85, 304, 403, 520, 522, 583, 585, 586, 587, 596

Car: Nearest car parks are Moorfield and Edward Street car parks. Alternatively please use the Park and Ride service from Threemilestone - it's cheaper and faster!

River Street

01872 272205

Mon to Sat: 10am-4:45pm (Last admission 4pm)
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays (Open in August on Sundays)

The Courtney Library is open to RIC Members Tues, Wed & Fri 10am1pm and 2pm4pm by appointment only.

The museum and library are fully accessible to wheelchair users. It has both ramps and a lift.

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18:49pm | 21st August 2017