The Royal Cornwall Museum champions a better understanding of Cornwall’s past and present, and also Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th century. The Museum also holds the unique position in the county of hosting a, British Museum supported, permanent exhibition of Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian objects. There are a number of exhibitions over the summer period. All Monsters Great and Small - 7 March to 30 August 2016. From the Sphinx to ‘Nessy’, monsters have played a part in human culture from the earliest civilizations to the present day. They continue to fascinate all ages and societies and abound in contemporary culture. The forthcoming exhibition will explore the psychology behind the invention of monsters, how they have changed over time and Cornwall’s very own particular beasts.
Poldark Trail - 25 June 2015 to 30 September 2016. Following the Sunday night phenomenon that swept the nation, the Royal Cornwall Museum is exploring the rich and varied nature of Poldarks’ 18th century Cornwall. Winston Graham wrote 12 Poldark novels. These internationally bestselling novels are set in Cornwall where Winston Graham spent much of his life. This museum has a unique connection with Winston Graham; they hold many of the author’s original notebooks, showing his novels written in long hand and this has resulted in the museum being a site of pilgrimage for many fans who arrive in Cornwall from across the world looking for traces of Graham’s original work.
This museum is not simply a treasure-house of art, antiquities and archaeology, through the Courtney Library it also provides a living collection of rare books and manuscripts to help with education, research and the discovery of Cornish life and culture. Most of the museum is accessible by wheelchair as it has many ramps and a lift. There are accessible toilets. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Location : Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ
Transport: Truro (National Rail) 1/2 mile. Bus Routes : Park and Ride (PR1) and 18 stops here.
Opening Times : Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:45.
Tours : 10.30, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15, 15.30
Tickets : Adults £4.50 (annual access); Children Free
Tel: 01872 272205