"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.

Click on image above to enter a 3D Guided Tour of the Museum

Update 11th July 2021

The Museum now opens on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm as well as Mondays to Fridays 10-30 AM to 4-30 PM.


Our August 2021 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.