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St Ives Museum

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Address: Wheal Dream, St Ives TR26 1PR, England
Phone Number: 01736 796005

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Lovely, Old Fashioned Museum

We always take the time to visit the museum on our annual trip to St. Ives. I always enjoy the newspaper clippings from the Torrey Canyon disaster and other seafaring incidents... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Tucson USA
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41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An old-fashioned museum crammed with memorabilia and artifacts from the St Ives fishing industry, shipping, Cornish tin mining, local characters, and the old way of life and its dangers. The old photographs are particularly revealing.

Thank redwinterTucson
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194 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always take the time to visit the museum on our annual trip to St. Ives. I always enjoy the newspaper clippings from the Torrey Canyon disaster and other seafaring incidents, as well as the local photography from across the years. There are lots of local artefacts relating to fishing, farming, the railway and other local industries. A pleasant hour... More 

Thank The_Coach55
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121 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a posh, swanky, London style museum. This is a more down-to-earth p!ace with artifacts of local interest. You could easily kill a couple of hours here on a wet day, so for £3 per person it's a bargain! Some really interesting and moving accounts of lives lost out at sea, particularity the brave RNLI volunteers. Recommended.

1 Thank Gazb26
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love small town museums like this one. You never quite know what you're going to find. In this case plenty of bits and bobs from the local area and Cornwall more generally. Worth an hour of anyone's time to potter around, especially if the weather outside isn't so great.

Thank PRS-Mcr15
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

A really sweet museum, gives a detailed and engaging insight into the history of the local area. Would be a great thing to do on a rainy day.

1 Thank rachel_mpw
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Higgledy piggeldy local museum full of interesting items from around Cornwall. If there is a negative it is the numerous notices earning CCTV IN OPERATION NO PHOTOGRAPHS ALLOWED. Not exactly welcoming

Thank Col03
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Great little museum on two floors which contains a vast array of items of local interest. We first visited on Sunday when it was closed so went back again on another day when the weather was a tad inclement and were glad that we did. Allow yourself plenty of time as it takes a while to see everything including Tiny,... More 

1 Thank Chrissie_B1403
New Romney, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

A rusty dusty collection of "stuff", much of which seems to have been given to the museum simply because it is old. There are far too many photos of boats fishermen, bits of tackle and gear etc. to see easily or to make sense of. The sea and fishing should be the focus of simplified, modernised new diplays and most... More 

Thank CastleGuide
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59 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Came here when the weather wasn't so good. Had wanted to visit last year but it was closed for structural repairs. The Museum is staffed and run by enthusiastic volunteers. The entrance fee was only £3 which is more than reasonable, you can donate more if you like. There is lots to look at around the history of St Ives,... More 

1 Thank AndyX
Sandy, United Kingdom
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223 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

St Ives Museum is situated in the old fishing quarter and overlooks St Ives Bay. It is an ideal place to visit when it is raining; we went in to shelter from the rain and were pleasantly surprised. The enthusiastic volunteers were very pleasant and knowledgeable about the history of St Ives and we listened to stories about disasters at... More 

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