WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall
Editor’s Choice…Only The Best Will Do...
Museums & Art galleries
Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, Barnoon Hill, St Ives
The house, studio, sculpture garden and workshop of the late sculptress. 40 sculptures, paintings and photographs. Open daily, all year from 10.
01736 796226 tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives Photography: Supplied By Subject
Bodmin Museum, Mount Folly
Exhibits of local history, Victorian kitchen. ‘Echoes of Bodmin Moor!' Open Apr-Sept M-F 10.30-4.30, Sa 10.30-2.30, Oct M-Sa 10.30-2.30.
Boscastle - Museum Of Witchcraft
A long established museum, of 50-years, holds the world’s largest collection of genuine witchcraft, related artefacts. With over 3,000 books and, since 2000, the Richel Collection. Open daily Easter to Halloween, 10.30-6, 11.30-6 on Su.
01840 250111 museumofwitchcraft.com
Bude, The Castle
Celebrates the heritage of Bude and Stratton with a tableaux of interactive displays and exhibits: Canal, shipwrecks, lifeboats and railways. New “Gurney” exhibition of Bude’s Forgotten Genius, Sir Goldsworth Gurney. Café. Open daily, all year from 10.
01288 357300 thecastlebude.org.uk
Charlestown - Shipwreck and Heritage Centre
The largest shipwreck artefact collection in the UK. Titanic display. Hands-on rescue equipment and lots more. Nelson Gallery. Open daily Mar-Oct 10-5.
01726 69897 shipwreckcharlestown.com Photography: Supplied By Subject
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum, The Keep
Three hundred years of military history, including weapons, medals, uniforms, memorabilia and extensive archive/research facilities. Open Mar-Oct M-Sa 9-5. Winter, check.
01208 72810 cormnwalls-regimentsmuseum.org Photography: Supplied By Subject
Falmouth Art Gallery, The Moor
Maritime pictures and quality temporary exhibitions. Work by J W Waterhouse and Henry Scott Tuke. Open all year M-Sa 10-5.
01326 313863 falmouthartgallery.com Photography: Supplied By Subject
Mevagissey Folk Museum, East Quay
Exhibits of local origin; fishing, agriculture and domestic life in an old 1745 building where luggers (fishing boats) were built. Open East- Oct 11-4.
01726 843568 mevagisseymuseum.co.uk
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
With breathtaking views from the 29m tower, one of only three natural underwater viewing locations in the world. Hands-on inter-actives, A/V immersive experiences, talks, special exhibitions, and the opportunity to get out onto the water. This new generation of museum has something for everyone. New Viking Voyagers. Open daily 10-5.
01326 313388 nmmc.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road
An enterprising, and at times, shocking art venue with changing exhibitions of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. Installation and esoteric space is a concept practiced with panache, and endearment. Gallery & coffee shop. Open Tu-Sa 10-5.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance
An elegant gallery and museum set within a Victorian house and park. Changing exhibitions mainly feature famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists (1880-1930). There is a fine café and well- stocked shop open daily Apr-Oct 10-5, Nov-East M-Sa 10.30-4.30.
01736 363625 penleehouse.org.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
The site of the first undersea cable laid in 1870 that became the world’s largest and busiest submarine telegraph station. Thereafter, 14 cables linked Porthcurno to the British Empire employing a binary code, the forerunner of the internet. Café. Sculpture garden and picnic areas. Open daily East-Oct 10-5, winter W/Es & M 11-4.30.
01736 810966 telegraphmuseum.org Photography: Supplied By Subject
Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro
World-famous collection of minerals, archaeology, ceramics, paintings and old master drawings. Open M-Sa 10-5 (except BH’s). Next door, the Arts Café
01872 272205 royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach
Newly expanded, transformed and refurbished, this is the first port-of- call for thousands who visit St Ives. They wish to walk in the shadow of Art and all its finery. Here you will discover displays of contemporary work in all variety of media. There are some very fine sculptures by Hepworth and a comprehensive show of St Ives’ famous son, Alfred Wallis, fisherman and scrap merchant who didn’t paint until he was 70! Worth a journey just for the view from the coffee shop and a visit to the bookshop. Open daily Apr-Oct from 10, Nov-Mar Tu-Su 10-4.20,
01736 796226 www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives Photography: Supplied By Subject
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance
A major art space developed in conjunction with the Newlyn Art Gallery. This showcase
for national and international art holds regular educational programmes. Coffee shop. Open M-Sa 10-5, BHs 11-4 (closed M/Tu in winter).
01736 363715 newlynartgallery.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject