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Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

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The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro holds an extensive mineral collection rooted in Cornwall's mining and engineering heritage. The county's artistic heritage is reflected in the museum's art collection. Through the Courtney Library the museum also provides a collection of rare books and manuscripts to help with education, research and the discovery of Cornish life and culture.

The museum also highlights Cornwall's relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th century. The museum hosts a permanent exhibition of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman objects, supported by the British Museum.

The museum is part of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC), a learned society and registered charity.
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  • lovely interesting museum in central truro with great displays on different parts of history including egyptians,cornish history ,ceramics ,rocks and minerals ,nature and so much more . currently...  more »
  • Truro's museum has always proved an interesting and informative building in which to glean much of the history of the area. It has a magnificent collection of minerals too. How or why it has...  more »
  • Loads to see and learn about Cornish history, art, industry and its people. A stunning minerals room, some fantastic pottery and paintings. Friendly staff and thoroughly recommended if you are in...  more »
  • I'd highly recommend a visit. Entry is free, and long may it be. There are some interesting items from Cornish history here, like geological specimens, paintings and all sorts to do with the clay and tin mining industries. The museum also has other displays though, like the superb Egyptian mummy from the 6th century BC, which kids seem to love with morbid fascination. They also have high quality touring exhibitions which vary widely from Cornish art to computer games and Islamic metalwork. Definitely recommend checking out the portrait of the Cornish giant! Kids are well catered for in the holidays. There's a great cafe next door, and a museum shop.
  • Fantastic place, I particularly loved the 'hall of rocks' a vast collection of rock samples which I could have gazed at for hours. Luckily its me writing the review and not my 12 year old son whom I bored to tears with this magnificent mineralogical feast. Indeed I only spent 2 hours in this room, and could quite easily have spent more having not examined all of the contents of cabinets or specimen drawers. I will use this as a 'treat' for the kids on future trips to Truro, especially when their mother announces 'they are doing her head in', and 'can you take them somewhere for a bit while I go and get myself together and maybe grab a coffee'. Well worth the entrance fee!
  • Great place. Has lots of activities to get children involved and to get them interested in history. Not expensive either. Great value for money
  • Obviously one of the nicest museums i visited. Located in the beautiful town of Truro my wife and i visited this museum. The exhibitions gave a good impression about the local history.
  • Great museum. Didn't know what to look at first. much to see ! Excellent exhibits throughout. Spent 3hrs inside only seemed like 1hr.

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