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There are over 70 museums in Cornwall which attract over 1.5 million visits each year!  Museums are an important part of Cornwall’s cultural offer. Museums enrich the lives of local people and visitors alike. Our museums give us great opportunities to learn about our past and to inspire us in the future. Museums can connect us with our local area and community. There are lots of ways to enjoy museums by making a visit, the work they do with schools, becoming a volunteer. Our museums host a range of events. These include International Mining Games, conferences and theatre productions. You can even get married in some of them!

To find out more about the many museums in Cornwall visit the Museums in Cornwall website.

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We work with, and invest in, the Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP). This innovative organisation has gained national recognition for its work. CMP encourages collaborative working within the museum sector. It provides a range of specialist support:

  • support in fundraising and income generation
  • a professional advisory service for museum staff and volunteers
  • a range of training and events.

Delivery of the Cornwall Museums Strategy 2018-22 is being led by CMP. The strategy sets out a series of joint intentions for the sector. This means it can continue its long-term progress and success.

The Arts Council and Cornwall Council fund Cornwall’s Museum Development Officer service. Cornwall Museums Partnership runs the service. The Museum Development Officer works with museums across Cornwall. They provide professional advice and guidance. This enables museums to achieve sustainable improvements. It also helps to maximize museum benefits to audiences and their communities.

Unlike many other local authorities Cornwall Council doesn’t run any museums. Instead we currently have management agreements in place with four museums. They look after Cornwall Council owned buildings or collections.  These include:

Royal Cornwall Museum looks after the Council's Schools Art Collection for us. You can find out more on our Art Collections page.

We provide Culture Revenue Grant funding to five museum clients: