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