Arts & Culture, Family Activities, History & Heritage

St Ives Museum

Wheal Dream, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 1PR
St Ives Museum
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The museum is located in the heart of the old St Ives fishing community of Downlong, housed in a building that was formaerly 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.

The famous Troika Pottery vacated the ground floor enabling the museum to expand further. This independent museum is administered entirely by volunteers. ‘I was advised by a very learned elderly friend of mine that this museum is one of the top three he has ever visited in his life. He was not wrong! Thank you’ ‘A must see treasure trove for every St Ives visitor’.


  • 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 will open on Friday 1st April 2022 at 10.30 a.m. & will remain open until the end of October 2022.

Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm
closed on Sundays

Adults £5
Children no charge
no concessions
Card payments welcome

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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