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Royal Cornwall Museum

Address: River Street, Truro TR1 2SJ, England
Phone Number: 01872 272205
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Ranked #9 of 36 things to do in Truro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: The "largest and livliest" museum in Cornwall.
Attraction details
Type: History museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Owner description: The "largest and livliest" museum in Cornwall.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is really good for children, they have activity sheets and activity bags which make the journey around the museum very interesting and informative for children. They also have activities during the school holidays

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Looe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great place!! Gotta be done when in truro cornish history is so interesting and lots of hands on activities for children

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Launceston, England, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

we really enjoyed our visit to this museum, if you love cornwall this is a must see, so interesting and well presented. The café is good too. the staff were really helpful and well informed. the exhibits are so good, cant wait to take the grandkids.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Hubby and I visited the museum while awaiting the lantern parade last week. It was a really nice little surprise find. It was free too!! It doesn't take too long to go around the two levels but it is very interesting with lots of things for children to get involved with and be interactive with. Everything is nicely presented and... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The position, the size, the seating is good but ... Menu sounded great but a piece of quiche with the smallest side salad ever for just under six pounds ? The young staff seemed to be more concerned about serving the people they knew and checking their mobile phones. Great shame as my wife often has a ' girlie day'... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Visited on a drizzly grey day in half term with my 7 year old son. He loved it ! Was just enough to keep him engaged without being overwhelmed with artifacts. His favourite part was The ancient egyptians section as currently studying at school. After buying a few little treats we left and I got a "thank you mum, I... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Ground floor of the museum is mostly local history and geology. All well laid out and displayed. They encourage children to look at objects and provide drawers of articles for children to open and explore. Excellent room with Egyptian artefacts specifically arranged for children, very well done. Cost of entry gives you a years admission, so if you live anywhere... More 

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29 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Now you have to pay and for what? loads of kids running around not under supervision by teachers who they do not respect. This means any real learning you want to do and exhibit 'taking in' is disturbed. One wonders if the museum would survive on donations... I think not and that says the class of museum it is. Cornwall... More 

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royalcornwall2014, Public Relations Manager at Royal Cornwall Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your museum experience. Learning is at the heart of the Royal Cornwall Museum and our collections provide an excellent learning resource for schools, families and adults alike. This does mean that at certain times of the day there will be large groups of children enjoying the interactive displays in our galleries. If... More 

Porthtowan, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There is a lot of interesting items to look at and lots you can learn about Cornwall. The mummy was a bit of a surprise and there is plenty to see. The volunteers were very chatty and had lots of Cornish knowledge.

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Gweek Cornwall
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Tried here as our usual one was being refurbished. The food was exceptional and plentiful. All the food looked and tasted home made and the salad which accompanied the quiches was well presented and very filling.It is spread through tfour separate eating areas, the first being part of the museum, the second being a mezzanine floor overlooking the art and... More 

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