Royal Cornwall Museum

The museum explores Cornwall's unique culture from the ancient past to the present day.

The Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum

The Grade II building, which has housed the collection since 1919, was built in 1845 as the Truro Savings Bank. Displays champion a better understanding of Cornwall’s history, including its role in one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th century.

Permanent collections

The museum holds an internationally renowned mineral collection rooted in Cornwall’s mining and engineering heritage.

The fine art collection isalso impressive; as well representing those who were born or worked in the area, it also features internationally important works by Hogarth, Constable, Van Dyck, Turner, Rossetti, Rubens and Guardi.

Following hefty grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts, the museum installed 'Unwrapping the Past', a permanent exhibition featuring several important loans from the British Museum and, at its centre, an unwrapped Egyptian mummy, Iset-tayef-nakht.

Art Funded works

The Art Fund's Treasure Plus grant has allowed the museum to conserve a late Bronze Age metalworker’s hoard found in St Buryan parish and Roman coins from Luxulyan parish. Among the exhibits are a gold twisted torc, bronze axes and a bronze razor, Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup strap mounts and post-medieval silver gilt dress hooks.

Art we've helped buy at Royal Cornwall Museum

Venue details

Royal Cornwall Museum River Street, Truro Cornwall TR1 2SJ 01872 272205

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.45pm (last admission at 4pm)