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St Ives Museum

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Address: Wheal Dream, St Ives TR26 1PR, England
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+44 1736 796005

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Bizarre but enjoyable

The St Ives museum is quite different from the usual polished museums you see. It has a very local and, in a way, more amateur feel to it (in a good way!). Their collection is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This place is very reasonably priced. I think it cost 1 pound per person. If you want to get a real feel for the history of the area, then this museum is a must see. There are a lot of old pictures and items from the past. The building itself is old. The exhibits match the building. This is an... More 

Thank Dianne H
Brixham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We found this museam very disappointing. Couldn't get the "flow", seemed no real plan to the place/exhibits. Cheap enough to get in but we would rather have paid a bit more & got a more interesting experience

2 Thank Carollyn2014
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The St Ives museum is quite different from the usual polished museums you see. It has a very local and, in a way, more amateur feel to it (in a good way!). Their collection is surprisingly large, although I did kind of get the sense that not many submissions get rejected... I particularly enjoyed the newspaper collections of notable town... More 

1 Thank Flosiraptor
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I had the best time, what an amazing space.. A great 'old school' Museum with out all of that 'modern' awful 'interactive' rubbish museums think we all need to see. Amazing exhibits, a great place for the whole family to visit young and old... Even teenagers. I highly recommend a visit next time you are in St Ives. I

Thank Julie H
Tucson USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

An old-fashioned museum crammed with memorabilia and artifacts from the St Ives fishing industry, shipping, Cornish tin mining, local characters, and the old way of life and its dangers. The old photographs are particularly revealing.

1 Thank redwinterTucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We always take the time to visit the museum on our annual trip to St. Ives. I always enjoy the newspaper clippings from the Torrey Canyon disaster and other seafaring incidents, as well as the local photography from across the years. There are lots of local artefacts relating to fishing, farming, the railway and other local industries. A pleasant hour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Not a posh, swanky, London style museum. This is a more down-to-earth p!ace with artifacts of local interest. You could easily kill a couple of hours here on a wet day, so for £3 per person it's a bargain! Some really interesting and moving accounts of lives lost out at sea, particularity the brave RNLI volunteers. Recommended.

1 Thank Gazb26
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I love small town museums like this one. You never quite know what you're going to find. In this case plenty of bits and bobs from the local area and Cornwall more generally. Worth an hour of anyone's time to potter around, especially if the weather outside isn't so great.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

A really sweet museum, gives a detailed and engaging insight into the history of the local area. Would be a great thing to do on a rainy day.

1 Thank rachel_mpw
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Higgledy piggeldy local museum full of interesting items from around Cornwall. If there is a negative it is the numerous notices earning CCTV IN OPERATION NO PHOTOGRAPHS ALLOWED. Not exactly welcoming

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