Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

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Museum of Cornish Life, Helston Market Place
TR13 8TH

This lovely museum is housed in Helston’s historic Market Buildings. It is spread over five display halls on three floors, and the thousands of objects will keep you fascinated and entertained. The museum is free to visit and family friendly – including four legged members! There is even a children’s play area, gift shop and a delightful little pop up café. The museum has one of the largest Cornish social history collections and ranges from a 5 tonne cider press to a 1950s kitchen. Come and learn about Helston’s famous inventor Henry Trengrouse, whose rocket lifesaving apparatus saved thousands of lives at sea, imagine what it was like in a Victorian classroom, meet Henry the parrot and see if you can spot our smallest object – made from a lion’s tooth!

Further information

Opening Hours:

Standard Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm




  • Museums Association

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's play area
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Dogs welcome
  • Late night openings
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Facilities information:

Access The museum is housed in an old market building with sloping granite floors and some uneven surfaces. However, we do have a wheelchair friendly entrance to the right of the building and lift access to all floors, we are also happy to answer any accessibility queries you may have. Parking The nearest Pay and display car park is on Wendron Street, TR13 8PS. Turn right out of the car park and walk down to the junction, turn right again by the granite bench and look for the cannon at the bottom of the steps. There are three 30 minute parking spots outside the museum for dropping off and picking up. Facilities •Tourist Information •Museum Shop •Lift •Baby change facilities •Toilets •Denzil’s Den – Family play area •Side door with ramp Extending your visit We can offer a full guided tour of the museum – approximately 1 hour – at a cost of £30. Please call the museum to pre-book. Maximum group size for the tour is 25. If you wish to research our collections, please contact us – we can arrange for items to be brought out from storage. We have loan boxes with objects from our handling collection available for loan from the museum for a small charge of £10 per week. These are ideal for reminiscence sessions, community events and schools. We have a wide range of workshops availible for School visit’s covering a range of different subjects from Archaeology to Victorian Schoolroom experience. Check our our Learning Page for more information. During seasonal holiday we have children’s activities like trails and quizzes, check out our Facebook page to see whats going on. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Primary school education service available
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
  • Secondary school education service available

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