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Top 5: Treasures to find in Cornwall’s Museums


Falmouth Art Gallery

See a rare oil painting, ‘Venus attired by the Graces’ by the seventeenth century artist, Anne Killigrew (1660 – 1685). Artists of this period loved hidden stories, so this work possibly refers to Anne Killigrew’s day-job as maid of honour to the future Queen, Mary of Modena. The Killigrews were one of the leading families in Cornwall, the main road into Falmouth still bears the family name. This picture will be on permanent display throughout 2013. Open Mondays to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free entry.


Penlee House

Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists.  Get to Penlee to see the famous painting The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin then walk 5 minutes down the road and stand in exactly the same spot on Penzance’s promenade.  Open Monday – Saturday 10.30 to 4.30pm, (5pm Easter to end Sept). £4.50 for adults, £3 concessions, u18 free. Free for everyone each Saturday.


Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Not just a pretty beach … beneath the sand are the telegraph cables that linked Britain to the world and made Porthcurno a hub of global communications. Discover the technology that changed the world; there’d be no internet without it. Explore the amazing (huge) secret WW2 tunnels and soak up the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Adults £7.20, U5 free.


National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Climb aboard a SeaKing helicopter at the Search & Rescue exhibition and experience an interactive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services. Open daily 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Adults £11.00, Children (0-5) free, concessions & group deals available. Pay once and get in FREE for a full 12 months.


Royal Cornwall Museum

Among the most beautiful objects ever unearthed in Cornwall are four gold collars, called lunulae because of their moon-like shape.  Three are on display in Truro whilst the fourth is at the British Museum. Because they were all found by accident long ago, they are hard to date but they were probably used between 2300 and 2900 BC. They seem to certain to have been used by an elite, high status group and to have huge symbolic value. Open Mon – Sat 10am to 4.45pm, (closed bank holidays) Adults £5 (for an annual pass), children free.