Family Activities, History & Heritage

St Ives Museum

Wheal Dream, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 1PR
St Ives Museum Exterior
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The Museum is located in the heart of the old St Ives fishing community of Downalong. Formerly the building housed a Pilchard Curing Cellar, Bible Christian Chapel then a laundry and cinema.

The British Sailors Society Mission occupied the first floor until 1968 when the St Ives Museum were offered space. Over the next few years the famous Troika Pottery vacated the ground floor enabling the museum to expand further.

This independent museum is administered entirely by volunteers.


  • Hain room
  • Mining display
  • Boat building
  • Model boats
  • Pilchard curing cellar
  • Audio visual studio
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access to the ground floor entrance and a stair lift has been fitted allowing access to the first floor where a wheelchair is available if required.
  • Dog-friendly

Opening times

The Museum is open on the Monday before Good Friday (closed on Good Friday itself) and closes at the end of the October half term.

Mon – Fri 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sat 10.30am – 3.30pm
Sunday Closed

Local directions

Follow the signposts around the Harbour front. The Museum is situated 75m from Smeaton’s Pier.


  • Adults £3
  • Children 50p
  • No concessions

School parties and other groups preferably by prior arrangement.

There is no charge for Cornish schools but a donation would be much appreciated.

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