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Royal Cornwall Museum

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Address: Royal Cornwall Museum 25 River Street, Truro TR1 2SJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1872 272205
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10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Explore 1000s of historical objects from both Cornwall and the rest of the...

Explore 1000s of historical objects from both Cornwall and the rest of the world, along with one of the county's finest art collections. Also open on Bank Holidays, and on Sundays in August.

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Tony Foster exhibition

2 rooms on the first floor of the museum were given over to this exhibition - various "luminaries" including David Attenborough & Robin Hanbury-Tenison were invited to choose... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Gerry P
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Lifton, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came along with the family for the excellent Bloodhound SSC talk and display and found the RCM bursting with new things and refreshed old gems.

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1 Thank HGADavies
Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating collection of local interest and some nationally important items. As well as a fantastic mineral collection. Oh and great food in the cafe as well. A1+

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1 Thank newlyncopper
Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

I think this museum has a mixed theme. I was expecting it to just be a museum for Cornish life but there was a monster exhibition, a Mexican gallery and an Egyptian area. All were very interesting. The ground level has a lot of archaeological finds and pottery which I have seen in other county museums also. Some was devoted... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This musium has a really interesting and diverse group of exhibits. There is a huge selection of geological specimens but the biggest surprise was to find an Egyptian mummy. Definitely worth a visit.

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1 Thank LucyLapwing
Lifton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

2 rooms on the first floor of the museum were given over to this exhibition - various "luminaries" including David Attenborough & Robin Hanbury-Tenison were invited to choose their favourite place on earth & the artist set about painting them in watercolours. David Attenborough chose a coral reef & this & the remoteness of some locations posed interesting logistical challenges... More 

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1 Thank Gerry P
Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

The booklet on Poldark Trail was more interesting than the so called Trail. Bloodhound World Land Speed vehicle was not interactive with very little infomation. In fact none of the interactive buttons were working in the whole museum. Too much ceramics & glass exhibits. Ancient Egypt, Greece & Rome could have been better. Whole room upstairs dedicated to Tony Foster... More 

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Management response:

I’m surprised to hear your comments about our BLOODHOUND Exhibition especially as we have had so many positive comments from visitors about this exhibition and the interactive gallery that supports it. We will are currently planning a full refurbishment which we hope you will come back and enjoy. More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited this museum to view the Poldark Trail and to learn and understand more about Cornwall. We were not disappointed and there is far more fascinating information here than a short visit can justify. The items and articles of interest cover not only Cornwall but include artefacts of global interest such as the Egyptian mummy and... More 

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1 Thank John R
Wokingham
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This is an intersting museum but needs to keep up with more modern themes. There is now so much more that museums seem to do to make them interesting to all the family. There is a large room devoted to mining. This contains cabinets with rock/ore samples and small information labels with each one. The main hall has displays set... More 

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Thank MalcolmSWokingham
Near London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

We were surprised by the scope and quality of the exhibits. There are some fascinating things, everything from local industrial archaeology to a bit of ancient Egypt. Well worth a visit.

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1 Thank HenleyWoman
Bath
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Great little museum to spend a few hours wondering around. Not too expensive to get in and had loads for the kids to keep them entertained whilst still being educational. Well worth a visit.

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