Museum opening hours
Mon - Sat: 10am - 4:45pm
Last admission 4pm
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays.
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.
From Great Beginnings to the 21st Century
‘From Great Beginnings to the 21st Century’ exhibits paintings, sculpture and ceramics which were originally collected for schoolchildren in Cornwall with the help of Dame Barbara Hepworth in the 1960s and thanks to a generous anonymous benefactor. Artists such as Bernard Leach, Jacob Epstein and Anthony Frost are featured in the collection which now numbers over 100 pieces.
Lunchtime Talk - Industry and Invention
Join Curator, Sarah Lloyd Durrant to find out about inventions and scientific discoveries made in Cornwall during the Industrial Revolution. A Science and Engineering Week event.
Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall
‘Collection of Cornish cultural treasures’, Maeve Kennedy, The Guardian
‘Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall’explores representations of working people, the people who manually shaped Cornwall into the place it is today. Miners, fishermen, jowsters, quarry workers, knitters, blacksmiths and farmers, Cornwall’s life blood, represented by some of the most influential artists working in Cornwall during the 19th and 20th centuries. Including works by Stanhope Forbes, Harold Harvey, Lucy Kemp-Welch and Henry Scott Tuke this exhibition will give a sense of what working life might have been like for the people depicted.
Previously exhibited with excellent reviews at Two Temple Place in London the exhibition highlights the important role of Cornwall as a centre for the production of a particular kind of realistic, rural art at the end of the 19th century.
‘A breath of fresh air’, Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
Easter at the Royal Cornwall Museum
Join us over the Easter holidays for storytelling, Culture Kids workshops and our FREE Family Open Day