Helston Museum

Helston Museum

Helston Museum is a museum situated in the former market town of Helston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The museum is housed in Helston’s former Market House and Drill Hall. The museum was founded in 1949, the building was originally designed as the town’s Market House in 1837.

The Museum expanded into the meat market in the early 1980s and into the adjoining Drill Hall in 1999. A suspended gallery was also added at this time that in turn allowed the creation of the mezzanine art gallery. In front of the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar on 29 December 1807.

Explore this 19th and 20th century Cornish culture and industry in the heart of Helston. Browse the spectacular collections housed in Helston’s historic market buildings – much bigger than it looks from the outside!  Explore the way our grandparents and parents lived and wonder at the way things were done only a few decades ago.

The museum houses one of the largest social history collections in the South West, and ranges from archaeological evidence of the earliest settlers to the Lizard Peninsula, to a fully stocked 1950s kitchen.

Opening Times

Monday – Saturday

10am – 4pm

Free Admission


Tel: 01326 564027

Email: info@helstonmuseum.co.uk