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The Royal Institution of Cornwall (the organisation that owns & manages the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library in Truro) was founded in 1818 for ‘the promotion of knowledge in natural history, ethnology and the fine and industrial arts, especially in relation to Cornwall.


This is still at the heart of everything they do, from collecting, display, exhibitions, education, publishing and even their outreach programmes.


The diverse collections it has acquired over the years are all held within the Courtney Library and Archive and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The majority of collections relate mainly to Cornwall, but there are also others from the rest of the UK and abroad.


Over the years generous benefactors have donated an amazing array of objects, broadening the collection so that it covers for example Egyptology (hence their famous unwrapped mummy), fine art and world cultures, as well as classical Greek and Roman objects.


The Rashleigh Gallery contains a world-famous collection of minerals, the core of which was amassed by Philip Rashleigh of Menabilly, near St Austell, at the end of the 18th century. It includes the largest specimen of liroconite ever found, and a large gold nugget found at Perranarworthal.


The Museum possesses a large collection of ancient coins. Several Roman coin hoards are represented in fact. There is a 14th-15th century collection of Spanish gold coins from Praa Sands, and they also have a large collection of photographs; over 50,000 images from 1845 to the present!


Note: use of the Courtney Library requires membership, or for non-members a fee is payable.

Royal Cornwall Museum

Age group: 8+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: Truro, TR1 2SJ

TEL: 01872 272205


Truro 0.5 miles, St Mawes 11 miles, Falmouth 12 miles