Museum opening hours
Mon - Sat: 10am - 4:45pm
Last admission 4pm
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The Museum will be closed
from Monday 23 December.
Open again on Saturday 28
New Year closure
The Museum will be closed
on Wednesday 1 January.
Showcase: 5000 Years of Art and Skill
For 200 years the RIC has built its collections and many of the finest pieces are on permanent display. The rest, the majority, are housed in the museum’s stores.
Two private collectors, Graham Dark and David Heseltine, each with a lifetime’s experience of choosing art works, were invited to make a personal selection from the stores with one criterion: visual excellence.
The result, this exhibition, illustrates the vivid story of Cornwall over 5000 years from the Stone Age to a photographic student’s graduation work of summer this year. We hope that visitors to this exhibition will share the visual delight and stimulation which the makers brought to their work over the years.
Endless Summer:The Evolution of Surfing
This summer you won’t have to be on the beach in Cornwall to enjoy the thrill of surfing. From June 15th the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is set to make waves with an exhibition that explores how the popular sport of surfing has evolved over the past 100 years.
‘Endless Summer: The Evolution of Surfing’ offers visitors to the Museum an insight into surfing through a range of different mediums. There will be interactive exhibits, film, photography, profiles of surfers, paintings by artist Kurt Jackson and boards from private collectors, including from ex British and European champion, Nigel Semmens. Images and vintage magazine covers will be included from renowned surf photographer Alex Williams, showing how the sport has changed and developed since the early 1900s.
The exhibition was developed by Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and shown there last year, but has some special Cornish additions, including key surf boards from local surfer and collector Al Lindsay that represent the importance of shaping, design and manufacture in Cornwall from the 1960s to the present day.
A Touring Exhibition from Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage).
Image:Carwyn Williams, France, late 1980s © Alex Williams Image
In 1960 Ida Kar (1908-74) became the first photographer to have a retrospective exhibition at a major London art gallery. Her portraits offer a fascinating insight into post-war cultural life and her subjects included some of the most celebrated figures from the art world of 1950s and 1960s Europe and Russia. A number of the artists Kar photographed also included artists from the St Ives School.
This exhibition is collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, London and Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage).
Ida Kar by Ida Kar, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London
A Century of St Ives Art 1840-1940
An exhibition featuring works from the museum's collection, with those of St Ives art collector, David Tovey. Focusing on pre-colony St Ives art it features works by Adrian Stokes, Julias Olsson, Charles Simpson, John Park, Dorothea Sharp and Borlase Smart along with works by foreign artists who were based in the town.