Five Museums To Visit This Winter In Cornwall

December 14th, 2015

When we think of Cornwall many things jump in to our minds, rolling blue Atlantic swells, golden beaches, delicious locally sourced food, wildlife and lush green landscapes. What people don’t associate Cornwall with is its museums.

This winter take shelter from the wind and cold and plan a day trip to one of these great attractions only a short distance from our wide selection of cottages in Cornwall. There are many exciting and interesting things to see and it appeals to all the family no matter how old or young.

There are over 70 museums situated throughout Cornwall, a luxury more associated with the big cities, but Cornwall has a history that rivals any place throughout the United Kingdom. So with that being said, here is a collection of five museums to head to during the winter months to get your cultural fix.


Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park, St. Austell

Throughout December there will be a reindeer trail; enjoy strolling around the park admiring the grounds and collection of Victorian clay works whilst keeping your eyes open for the hidden reindeer. There is also a delicious seasonal selection of food and drinks, and also a gift shop if you need to pick up a few last minute gifts.


Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

This museum has something for all the family, Throughout December there is Christmas craft making every Saturday, with the Truro Male Choir also singing some festive tunes. There are a variety of exhibitions on with Paula Downing’s ‘Edge’, a ceramic exhibition that is running until January 23rd and the popular ‘Poldark’s Cornwall’ which will be running until the end of April 2016.


Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth

Falmouth art gallery are presenting an exhibition titled ‘Serpentine- Artists of The Lizard’ that celebrates and shines a light on Cornwall as an artistic hub by showing contemporary and historic art pieces by a wide range of artists that have lived and worked in the area. It’s the Lizard Peninsula with its unique landscape and geology that serve as the main ingredient to inspire these artists.


Barbara Hepworth Museum, St. Ives

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience that offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material. This a nice place to visit on a clear day as the gardens are to be enjoyed with a nice hot drink whilst admiring the art works and beautiful gardens.


National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Christmas takes on a Nordic feel in Falmouth this December. From December 19th – January 3rd you can take part in Nordic Noel which examines the Viking influence behind some of our favourite Christmas traditions, you can also see a traditional Viking Winterfest and meet ‘Old Man Winter’ and make your very own Viking Yule Goat and other festive treats.


With a week away in one of our gorgeous cottages in Cornwall this gives you the perfect opportunity to go and explore some of the fascinating and fun history that this county has to offer.