Royal Cornwall Museum
Royal Cornwall Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The world's greatest museum for Cornish heritage, art, and culture. Founded in 1818 by the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Whittlesford
    Haselbury Plucknett, United Kingdom596 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Cornwall
    The story of Cornwall, and the incredible selection of Cornish minerals, is fascinating and well laid out. Clearly a lot of effort put into special events for younger people. Some of it is nevertheless an exhibition of stuff which worthy locals have brought back from their travels and donated to the museum. That bit is fairly incoherent. Well worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    London, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must in Truro!
    This museum is a hidden gem! There are so many exhibits, that it is a good idea to spend a couple of hours there. We have bought membership tickets, and enjoy going again and again. The staff are helpful and courteous, there are places to sit around the museum, good toilet facilities for all, and a lovely cafe and shop. Highly recommended!
    Thank you for your review - we're glad you enjoy exploring the museum and chose to support us with a membership. We look forward to welcoming you back again!
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Chiara O
    Dublin, Ireland23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute gem!
    I went to the RCM on the 20th of July 2023, I didn't really plan to go and neither I checked, prior to my visit, what the museum has to offer. I must admit that at the end I was absolutely delighted I decided last minute to pay a visit. The person at the reception was really kind and welcoming. I was truly impressed by the variety that the place has to offer. Adrift is just brilliant, educational and fun; the minerals collection was impressive and I loved it, can’t say what I appreciated the most, the Jubilee procession painting alone was worth it, but there is so much more. Such an amazing experience, truly.
    Thank you so much for visiting, we're so glad you decided to stop by and that you enjoyed everything the museum has to offer. Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
    Written 1 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Iain M
    Monmouth, United Kingdom885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fabulous!
    A lot of museums are a bit stuffy and not particularly exciting,..the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro isn't one of them. Of course there's still quite a lot of stuff behind glass but that's OK as there's still plenty of interactive elements. We particularly enjoyed the LEGO section and there's plenty for young hands to get stuck into there, whilst taking home the environmental impact of plastic waste and pollution. I'd happily return and recommend this museum.
    Thank you for your review, we're so glad that you enjoyed your visit, we hope to welcome you again soon!
    Written 6 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Monsieurslinky
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting selection
    We enjoyed our museum visit today and found the location easy to find. There was public car parking just up the road. Plenty of exhibits through the years to draw the eye. The painting of the seven foot something man was spectacular. The vintage carriage charmed and the bronze age tools intrigued. The room with several hundred rocks was engaging and I should imagine that if you really like rocks you'd be in your element. Upstairs we delved into ancient Egypt and admired a plethora of Cornish art. Worth a visit.
    Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and checking out the Cornish Giant!
    Written 26 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
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cornishmaid133
Cornwall, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
As a whole the museum is lovely. We went for the Ancient Egyptian part for my child’s school history project. Staff were lovely and informative.
My only issue was the random gender/pride flags that were around the top floor. It had no connection to any topic in the museum. Now I’m not against any of that whatsoever, everyone is entitled to be who or what they want to be, I just felt that it was very forced upon. I’m very open to my children but at such a young age I felt it was too much information/ facts for such young children.
Written 22 January 2024
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Neil C
Herts81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A real gem of a place! Very interesting exhibitions in a beautiful building. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Would thoroughly recommend visiting, especially while the Egyptian exhibits are there as they are quite stunning.
Written 19 December 2023
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Monsieurslinky
Northamptonshire, UK236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our museum visit today and found the location easy to find. There was public car parking just up the road.

Plenty of exhibits through the years to draw the eye. The painting of the seven foot something man was spectacular. The vintage carriage charmed and the bronze age tools intrigued.

The room with several hundred rocks was engaging and I should imagine that if you really like rocks you'd be in your element.

Upstairs we delved into ancient Egypt and admired a plethora of Cornish art.

Worth a visit.
Written 18 October 2023
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Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and checking out the Cornish Giant!
Written 26 October 2023
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1949etwall
Ashbourne, UK1,657 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited here (Tuesday 17) and were greeted by a male volunteer who was determined to tell us everything he wanted to tell us not what we wanted to know.

Appreciated the displays- particularly the art gallery (yes we voted for our top three)- and the natural history section which was probably designed for schoolchildren but was excellent.

The Lego/ flotsam and jetsam display was striking too.

Three points:

1 The main flight of stairs - beautiful to look at does not have the edges marked and so is challenging to visitors with low vision.

2 Given the contribution of nonconformity to the area this aspect seemed a striking omission.

3 We were puzzled at the prominence given to LGBTQ+ flags- which seemed isolated and unconnected to any theme of social justice which could have been a major topic.

4 The card displays on women of Cornwall was very disappointing- almost token.
Written 17 October 2023
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Hello, thank you for your feedback, we'll pass it on to the team.
Written 25 October 2023
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Alan G
Canberra, Australia21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had looked forward to visiting the museum today, but unfortunately after driving around for some time to different car parks, we left without visiting.

It is not an easy place to get to as a visitor.
Written 3 October 2023
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Thank you for your feedback, we're sorry that you didn't get to visit the museum. Unfortunately, since we're in the city centre, there is no parking around the museum. Instead, we recommend people park in a nearby car park, or at the Park and Ride which will deliver you directly to our front door. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you another time.
Written 6 October 2023
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Iain M
Monmouth, UK885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A lot of museums are a bit stuffy and not particularly exciting,..the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro isn't one of them.
Of course there's still quite a lot of stuff behind glass but that's OK as there's still plenty of interactive elements.
We particularly enjoyed the LEGO section and there's plenty for young hands to get stuck into there, whilst taking home the environmental impact of plastic waste and pollution.
I'd happily return and recommend this museum.
Written 23 September 2023
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Thank you for your review, we're so glad that you enjoyed your visit, we hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 6 October 2023
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Peej M
Oxford, UK278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Truro is always worth a visit if you're in Cornwall as is the Royal Cornwall Museum, situated right in the heart of this fascinating city.

The museum gathers together exhibits from across the world but mostly relevant to Cornwall and Cornish life. When we visited, the main exhibition was all about the plastic left on our beaches, in particular the colossal amount of lego that started washing up on Cornish beaches after a container ship sank. This was a fascinating exhibition, sadly demonstrating the plight of our oceans but also detailing the conservation efforts that are in action to try and protect our beaches and waterways.

Elsewhere in the museum you can see nature exhibits, and even an egyptian mummy as well as other artefacts from Egypt. There are lots of kid-friendly activities and exhibits as well as an activity trail, plus opportunities to dress up and play in the nature area.

The museum is right opposite the park and ride stop (and I thoroughly recommend using the park and ride service whenever you visit Truro as it's cheap and convenient with loads of parking - and most importantly loos if your young ones are caught short!)
Written 29 August 2023
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Thank you for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed visiting the museum!
Written 31 August 2023
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Hunter
29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited to see the Lego exhibition with a Lego fanatic. How disappointing the exhibition was and totally uninspiring.
The activities for children ,obviously , were arranged by staff who don't play with children. Children were invited to make mosaics with coloured plastic discs and were shown examples of disc mosaics. How can a child copy one of the designs if there aren't enough discs to complete even half the design before she ran out of one colour.
The other activity was to see if plastic / stone floats. Children learn this at toddler age in the bath!
We were pleased to find a large dressing up box but not so much fun without a mirror.
I now have an annual ticket so hope future school holiday activities are better. The museum isn't really child friendly.
The only plus point is that under 18s are free.
Written 14 August 2023
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Thank you for the review. We currently have a rotating programme of children's activities - including this week's bottle top mosaics and 'will it float?' - to engage with young people during the school holidays. In line with our exhibition, Adrift, they seek to help children learn about plastic pollution get creative. We will pass your feedback onto our learning and engagement team.
Written 17 August 2023
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BaddoB
Plymouth, UK49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Absolutely terrible in every way. I'm not prepared to elaborate further. Suffice it to say, that the trip was regretted and my day was ruined.
Written 10 August 2023
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We're sorry to hear that you did not have a good trip. Please feel free to let us know how we could improve your experience next time by emailing enquiries@royalcornwallmusuem.org.uk
Written 14 August 2023
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Viv
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The display of Lego washed up on beaches was intriguing......The area to play lego had a small table with tray of lego bricks ,6 children from 3-12 were building.
Other areas of the museum were the same as when we visited in 2018, family children who had been didn't want to visit again, just the youngest who hadn't.
Feel there is much more needed to attract repeat visitors.The holiday workshops need more thought although staff always engaging.
The rock exhibition room is great.
Written 9 August 2023
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Thank your for your feedback. We are set to start a physical transformation project for the museum soon, and we're looking forward to seeing the space evolve to become more interactive, hopefully we'll look forward to welcoming you back once it is complete! In the meantime, we aim to offer a dynamic programme of exhibitions and children's activities that change over the course of the year.
Written 10 August 2023
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