Museums and Art Galleries in Cornwall
Cornwall Museums Art Galleries and Heritage Centres. Whether your on a fortnights summer holiday and its raining or are fascinated by modern art, shipwrecks, or Cornwall's mining heritage.
The Tate St Ives West Cornwall
Opened in 1993, the building itself is an architectural masterpiece overlooking Porthmeor beach The Tate St Ives has introduced modern art to an entirely new audience. From displays from its own collection to visiting exhibits. Don't forget to visit the nearby Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
National Maritime Museum Falmouth Bringing the World's boats to Cornwall. A centrepiece development on Falmouth's historic Waterfront. Reflecting the towns maritime heritage an eye-catching modern building, clad in oak with pitched slated roofs, housing a mesmerising series of exhibits of all things boating, from galleries, to audio visual displays all over looking the harbour.
The Minack Theatre Porthcurno. West Cornwall The Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre tells the story of the lady who built this famous theatre overlooking Porthcurno Bay with Logan Rock in the distance. In Spring the surrounding clifftops are often a blaze of bluebells. At any time of year there are wonderful walks to be had.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. Porthcurno West Cornwall
On the way to the Minack. The first underground cables were laid on Porthcurno Beach in 1870. The Museum houses a fascinating and unique display of telegraphy exhibits.
Charlestown Shipwreck Heritage Centre, Nr St Austell
Charlestown is a working port. Originally built for the export of tin, and latterly china clay. You will often see wooden hulled sailing ships moored in the Harbour. The Heritage Centre provides an insight into the history of the port, village life, shipwrecks and diving too. Examples of treasure & artefacts from almost 200 wrecks can be seen, from telescopes, muskets, to candlesticks and of course "Pieces of Eight".
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance. The Gallery has recently been refurbished, both it and the eye-catching new art space The Exchange in nearby Penzance- in their words "showcase the very best of national and international contemporary art". Art lovers may also care to visit Penlee House Gallery and Museum, housing exhibits from the Newlyn School of Artists, and of works from the Lamorna and St Ives Groups too. Artists such as Stanhope Forbes and Henry Scott Tuke to name but two. The gallery also has a dazzling display of photographs from the late 19th century, but with some taken as early as the 1870's.
Levant Beam Engine Nr Pendeen West Cornwall
Perched high on the cliffs with Pendeen Light as a backdrop. The oldest ,and one of the very few, working mine beam engines left in Cornwall. Restored thanks to the efforts of the Greasy Gang and a dedicated team of volunteers. If your lucky enough to be there when steaming the sights and sounds are even more memorable. A short drive along the coast road, viewable by driving down a poorly signed track, are the Crowns Engine Houses some of the most dramatically situated mine engine houses in Cornwall.
Geevor Tin Mine Heritage Centre, Pendeen West Cornwall
Perched high on the cliffs, with the pounding Atlantic Ocean below, only half a mile from the Levant Beam Engine. Geevor was one of the last working tin mines in Cornwall. It is now a fascinating Industrial Museum and Mining Heritage Centre. With Underground Tours and of the surface complex. Superb coastal views.
Jamaica Inn Bodmin Moor Daphne du Maurier Room. Jamaica Inn itself is full of character, low beamed ceilings, a often roaring log fire in winter, and cobbled courtyards. There is also a Daphne du Maurier Room, whose novel of the same name was inspired by a visit to Jamaica Inn in the 1930's- packed full of full of fascinating memorabilia, including her Sheraton writing desk.
Newlyn Art Gallery