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“St Ives Museum” 4 of 5 stars
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St Ives Museum
Wheal Dream, St Ives TR26 1PR, England
01736 796005
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Ranked #12 of 45 things to do in St Ives
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Hounslow, United Kingdom
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“St Ives Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Really enjoyed our visit last year.

Some interesting stuff on display, including a lot of coverage of The Torrey Canyon disaster, didn't realise it was that long ago.

There's a tail for the kids to follow, which keeps them amused.

Only £2 to get in is a bargain and worth a second visit when we return to St Ives next month.

Visited July 2012
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“The St Ives Local History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

If you are visiting or staying in the St Ives area and you want a little break from all the art galleries and workshops and the lovely food and drink outlets then I recommend a visit. The museum is located just slightly above and overlooking the working pier and is a privately owned and managed concern, there is a modest entrance fee and visitors may also leave a donation to help with the upkeep.
What I should point out is this is not a 'childrens' museum so you will not find a lot of hands on noise generating exhibits, having said that children are welcome here!
What you will find is an eclectic collection of locally sourced artefacts tracing the history and development of St Ives and it's surrounding area. There are exhibits on the local shipping business, the railway, farming as well as fishing. The museum contains an amazing number of individual items that have been largely donated by local people. There is also an area devoted to St ives at War tracing the story of local involvement in the two world wars.
Worth a visit!

Visited June 2013
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“Engrossing and charming collection of local history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Have visited this museum a few times and find something new to see each time. It's a comprehensive and very personal history of the area.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Worth a visit if you're interested in local politics and history--like the many sea rescues, a local fire, and the oil spill of the Torrey Canyon several decades ago. (I'd forgotten about that.)

Visited May 2013
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“This is about Cornwall...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This collection started as a local effort by amateur enthusiasts, and has become an impressive treasure-house of Cornwall memorabilia. Mining, seafaring and agriculture are all covered well, with many incidental delights. Particular highlights for me were the photograph collection (I ordered two prints that stood out in my imagination), the history of St Ives harbour, and the farming implements - business-like and dangerous-looking! I technically withdraw a half-star for the lack of interactive displays - but they cost a lot, and in any case part of the charm here is the way this collection has grown organically and with a lot of dedication. It doesn't need gimmicks, and is an ideal, should-see complement to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

Visited May 2013
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