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Welcome to the Museum

Our Mission

This museum was founded by The Royal Institute of Cornwall in 1818 to promote excellence in science and art and to forward the world-leading industries that Cornwall was known for. In over 200 years The Royal Institute of Cornwall has established the museum, along with the Courtney Library, and a programme of lectures to further its original aim.

In January 2020 the museum closed its doors to the public to allow for urgent roof repairs and to give time and space to develop a new way of working within our community. With the impact of COVID19 the need to reflect and reimagine has become of paramount importance. We want to support the recuperation and recovery of our community now that we have re-opened our doors.

Our mission is to provide a welcoming, dynamic and lively cultural hub centred around our collections, that inspires people to explore, thrive and have fun.

We are a charity that does not receive regular funding. Public support through donations and visitor income is vital to our success. We are grateful for the support provided by grants from Arts Council England through Cornwall Museums Partnership and Cornwall Council.

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

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