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We’ve been shortlisted for a national award!

Royal Cornwall Museum has been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2023. From the end of March to the beginning of June, families voted for their favourite attraction with 600 nominations for over 110 different museums before the final shortlist was decided by an expert panel.

The award is run by Kids in Museums, an Arts Council England Funded charity which supports the heritage sector in becoming easy to reach for all ages. Royal Cornwall Museum has been shortlisted for Best Small Museum with the category and overall winner set to be announced in October. Undercover family judges will visit shortlisted museums over the summer holidays and judge them against the Kids in Museums Manifesto to decide the winners.

Bryony Robins, Director at Royal Cornwall Museum says: “We’re so proud to have been shortlisted for this award and that our work with children, young people and families has been recognised. Children and families are important visitors and supporters of the museum and our team is dedicated to making sure their experience is engaging, accessible and affordable.

“Our team is really delighted that the families who visit us are shouting about how important we are to them and the community and we thank everyone who voted for their support.”

Royal Cornwall Museum is free for under 18s and a variety of free and hands-on activities and trails for kids through all school holidays.

The summer exhibition at Royal Cornwall Museum, Adrift: Lego lost at sea tells the story of the rogue wave which knocked 62 containers from a cargo ship off the coast of Cornwall in 1997. Five million pieces of lego were set adrift in the ocean, washing up on beaches across the southwest which continue to appear now.

Alongside the exhibition, ‘Plastic Soup’ family activities will take place from Monday to Saturday 11 – 3pm and change weekly. Free to join, activities include plastic printing, sand art, jellyfish mobiles and beachcomber bingo. Children receive a passport to stamp the different activities and can claim a prize for five stamps.


Royal Cornwall Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10 – 4pm during school holidays.

Find out more about summer Adrift activities 

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