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An interesting town museum given the size of this small town - it has had its fair share of adventure and that's whats shown here in the form of exhibitions on tin mining, flash floods and not least wrecked ships and huge oil spills. Naturally, there are a lot of ships models and such in this old boathouse but there is also room for St Ives during WWII, old style clothes and St Ives social life throughout times, a mineral collection and some old automatic models on mining where 20p will show you things in action. There is a bit on the railways in western Cornwall and on craftmanship in town. Since it is all run by volunteers and in an old boathouse, the house has not been adapted to wheelchair users and you need to climb stairs to get in (see photo). There are also no toilet facilities for visitors and the museum is small but with a lot of information so you may want to notice this (nearest public ones are by the pier). On the other hand, it costs next to nothing to get in and children can buy various themed leaflets with questions to look for answers to so it is a good place to keep them busy for a rainy hour too.

Address: Wheal Dream, St Ives
Directions: Keep walking along the harbourfront until you have passed the pier, then continue around a corner to the left.
Phone: +44(1736)796005
Website: http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/museums/st-ives-museum

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 8, 2010
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