Opening hours: Monday to Friday (10.30am-4.30pm), Saturday (10.30am-3.30pm) April 1 to October 31. Adults £5, Under-16s free. Tel: 01736 796005
Celebrating its centenary in 2024 the museum provides a fascinating history of St Ives’ heritage. Eight rooms on two floors contain collections of all facets of the town’s history, including art, blacksmithing, boat building, Cornish kitchen and parlour, the Crysede fabric factory and textiles, farming, fire brigade, fishing, flags, geology, Hain Steamship Company, lifeboat, lighthouses, mining, models, photographs, police, railway, shipwreck, toys, the Troika pottery, Victorian clothes, wartime memorabilia – and the original fish curing cellar.
It is 100 years since St Ives had its very first Museum, it started as a small acorn planted in Pudding Bag Lane, later transplanted in the library building and now firmly rooted and grown into a mighty oak at Wheal Dream. It is a dream come true for those early pioneers of the St Ives Old Cornwall Society.
With the help of volunteers, the recently revamped St Ives Museum continues to flourish and features a new art exhibition for 2024. You can also follow a museum centenary trail, where at a number of locations around the town you can find out more about notable events in St Ives history. St Ives Museum Website
Capturing the Light: St Ives Artists 1885-1914
In the period prior to 1914, the St Ives art colony gained a national and international reputation as a centre for the practice and teaching of landscape and marine painting out of doors. This exhibition, new for 2024, showcases some of the leading British and foreign artists drawn to what was hailed as “the Mecca of the seascapist”, many of whom experienced career-changing influences. Included with Museum admission.