Bodmin Keep: Cornwall's Army Museum

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The Keep
PL31 1EG (SatNav PL31 1DU)

  • Phone: 01208 72810

Discover Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum A place where families remember and discover together Housed in the magnificent Victorian army barracks of Bodmin Keep, Cornwall’s Army Museum provides a fascinating insight into 300 years of international conflict and military history. Displays cover Waterloo, World War 1 and World War 2, right up to more recent conflicts in Northern Ireland and Iraq. It has one of the best weaponry and medal collections on display in the country, as well as a huge chunk of the Berlin wall! With something for the whole family, young and old, the exhibitions captivate and inspire, truly connecting visitors with the stories from our past. So, bring the family - play the bugle, dress up in military uniform, handle historic weaponry, explore a WW1 trench, listen to fascinating talks & object handling sessions or get creative in our craft room! You can even bring the family dog! Find us, follow us & like us on social media!

Further information

Opening Hours:

OPENING HOURS Closed Mondays Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 pm Open: Sundays 12 – 4.30pm SCHOOL HOLIDAYS OPENING HOURS Open: Monday - Saturday 10-5pm Open: Sunday 12 - 4:30pm Please see our website for further details. Dogs welcome.


All tickets purchased include an annual museum pass. Adults: £6.00 Children 5 and under: FREE Ages 6-16: £2.00 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15:00 Former DCLI, SCLI & LI – Entry by discretionary donation FREE for carer accompanying a person with a disability Please see our website for further details of concessions.


  • Museums Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums

Travel directions:

The Keep is located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which was built to service the Barracks. Visitors to the steam railway receive up to 40% off museum entry with a valid ticket. We are less than a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre. Limited free parking to the rear of the museum (SatNav: PL31 1DU), or public parking nearby.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Conference facilities available
  • Meeting room available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Bicycle park
  • Dogs welcome
  • Picnic area
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Study facilities
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Public car park
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Education facilities available
  • Refreshments
  • Baby changing facilities

Facilities information:

Our archive, library and large meeting room are on the ground floor and are fully accessible to people using wheelchairs. There is free parking immediately to the rear of the museum. The museum is on the first and second floors of the Keep. It is accessed via two flights of granite stairs and unfortunately, we don’t have a lift. If you are unable to access the museum via the stairs, but wish to see or learn about a particular item or aspect of history, please get in touch and we will do all we can to assist. We also have a touchscreen-based presentation describing the museum which is available to view in our library. For visitors with a visual impairment, with advance booking we are able to offer supported visits tailored to your needs including ’hands on’ sessions with museum objects. For visitors who are on the Autistic Spectrum, we can offer special quiet times and spaces, and our annual pass means that you can have lots of short visits for the price of just one if that suits you better! The museum is dog-friendly, and assistance dogs are always welcome but please note that we reserve the right to ask for non-assistance dogs to stay outside if we are very busy. Please do contact us in advance if you have any questions or if you would like us to assist with accessibility during your visit.


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • General guide to collections available
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Guided tours
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Handling sessions
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available

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