"The BIGGEST Little Museum in Cornwall"

The museum is housed in a Georgian building on Fore Street in central Lostwithiel. It was originally the Corn Exchange and has also been a school-room, a butchers, a magistrate's court, a Fire Station and the town jail.

The museum was opened on 21st August 1971 and it is now is now a fully accredited museum and a registered charity, which is run entirely by volunteers.

Update 30th October 2021

The Museum is now closed for the 2021 season. We will reopen in Spring 2022.
Meanwhile look round the museum via this virtual tour

Update 30th October 2021

The Museum is now closed for the 2021 season. We will reopen on Monday 4 April 2022.
Meanwhile look round the museum via this virtual tour

The virtual tour may be accessed directly via this link

2021 AGM Our AGM was held in St Barts Church Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 17th November. A report of the meeting is available via this link

Our current Window display celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lostwithiel Museum.


On the 21st August 1971 the museum was officially opened by the Earl and Countess of Mount Edgcumbe. During the 1960s the Lostwithiel Old Cornwall Society started to acquire items related to the town’s history. This led to an intensive search for suitable premises in which to establish a local museum and eventually the Town Council offered the old fire station where the museum is currently located. It was then to take many more months of preparation before the museum was finally ready to open to visitors in 1972.

With thanks to Mary, Christine, Ian and Maggie for their help with the display.