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About the Museum

The Royal Institution of Cornwall, founded in 1818, was set up to promote excellence across all fields relating to Cornwall’s world leading industries and art through the creation of the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Courtney Library and a programme of lectures.

Our aim is to champion a better understanding of Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th Century.

We also want visitors to take advantage of our special role as the only museum in Cornwall with, a British Museum supported, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibition, along with our collection of rare ceramics, a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art on display.

We are proud to say we are an accredited museum and uphold high standards of care with all our collections.