Five museums and galleries have been busy creating a collection of must see items that live in Cornwall. Working together they have selected special items from their collections to include in the Little Treasures guide. There are recommendations for all ages and interests; families, culture vultures, art lovers and people who simply love seeing a good story brought to life.
1. Falmouth Art Gallery
What’s an automata? Head to Falmouth Art Gallery to find out & have a go. The gallery has a collection which includes automatas from many local makers of national recognition including Keith Newstead who made this one … it’s beautiful and fun – turn the handle and jump out of your skin when the wolf goes SNAP!
Open Mondays to Saturday,
10am to 5pm. Free entry.
Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, TR11 2RT
2. Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Among the Missing by Walter Langley (1852 – 1922)
The magic of Penlee House is seeing world-class art in a completely relevant local context, often a stone’s throw from where they were created.
Enjoy the current exhibition of work by Edward Bouverie Hoyton (1900 – 1988): Master Etcher. A selection of master prints by Edward Bouverie Hoyton, one of the unsung heroes of twentieth century printmaking. (Exhibition runs until 22 March 2014.)
The award-winning Gallery and Museum in Penzance has built an international reputation for its year-round programme of temporary exhibitions featuring the historic art of West Cornwall.
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission at 4pm) £4.50 adults, £3.00 concessions, including 60plus. Children free. Free admission on Saturdays.
Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 4HE
01736 363625 www.penleehouse.org.uk
3. National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Ben Ainslie’s Olympic gold medal winning Finn from the London 2012 games. If you touch the sails, you can still taste the salt from his gold medal win at Weymouth. Ainslie has won four golds and one silver at five consecutive Olympic games, crowning him the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. Three of those gold medals were won in the Finn that you can see at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, called Rita. Ainslie won his first Olympic medal at Atlanta 1996, taking silver in the Laser class aged just 19. Four years later he took his first gold at Sydney – the Museum also has this boat. After Sydney, Ainslie switched to the larger Finn class where he dominated the next 12 years, winning Olympic gold at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
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.
Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY
4. 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.
River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ
5. 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. PLEASE note re-opens summer 2014
Eastern House, Penzance, TR19 6JX
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National Maritime Museum CORNWALL
3 Feb – 6 July
Immerse yourself in the world of smuggling during its heyday in the mid-18th to early 19th century in a new exhibition at National Maritime Museum Cornwall. View rare and exquisite smuggling artefacts in this sensory exhibition for all ages.
Search & Rescue
Enter the world of the maritime rescue services. Climb aboard a Sea King helicopter, explore a lifeboat, hit the ‘beach’ on a quad bike and experience the drama of a rescue.
15-16 Feb, 11am-3.30pm
Marvellous Marine Life Supersized Weekend
Tackle a weekend of activities inspired by aquatic animals of all shapes and sizes including live encounters with marine life from the Falmouth Aquarium.
17-23 Feb, 12pm-3:30pm
Make your own fish masks, googly eyed lobster and paper plate fish.
15-23 Feb, 10am-5pm
Lilly the Lobster Trail
Find Lilly the lovely lobster’s fishy friends.
Free Flying Fish
18 Feb, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Step into an exciting adventure and become part of the story, with an inspiring tale of stormy seas and courageous characters.
20 Feb, 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm
Discover what the Story Explorer has caught in his nets, as he trawls the Museum for more inspiring artefacts, in a brand new adventure.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day.
Adult supervision required.
Royal Cornwall Museum
Showcase: 5000 Years of Art & Skill in Cornwall – on display until 13 March 2014
Cornwall’s excellence in art and skill, from the Stone Age right up to a photograph by Plymouth University student Joe Wilde, is represented in ‘Showcase’, a new exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum. A selection of art works and objects from the museum’s collection, which would not normally be on display. These include rarely shown Old Master drawings, an L S Lowry sketch of a Cornish tin mine, which once belonged to Barbara Hepworth.
Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February 11am—12 noon
Creepy Crawly sessions for 0—5 year olds
Stories & fun for the little ones in our Natural History Gallery
Culture Kids for 6—11 year olds
Explore the museum collections with our challenges & games
FREE drop-in activities throughout the day, every day
All activities are FREE with museum entrance
Adults £5 annual pass. Children FREE
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult
Penlee House GALLERY & MUSEUM
FREE family fun at Penlee House Gallery & Museum – free family activities take place every Saturday at the Gallery; drop in any time between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, here’s what’s going on over the next 2 months.
Saturday 8 February: A Black and White World – black and white silhouette pictures
Saturday 15 February: Rock-ing Around – abstract landscape drawings inspired by rock formations
Saturday 22 February: What a Relief! – pictures inspired by the relief printing method
Saturday 1 March –Miniature Mosaics
Saturday 8 March – Get Creative with Colour
Saturday 15 March – Treasure Chests – make your own pirate chest for your treasures
Saturday 22 March – Crafty Castles – constructing castles out of card
Talk: Wednesday 5 March at 7pm, Dr Barbara Morden, Laura Knight: A Life. £3.00/£2.00 (Friends of Penlee House)