"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.

Page updated 20th April 2021


A message from our Chairman Christine Walton:

"As the restrictions inflicted by the pandemic gradually ease, we are at last able to look forward to reopening the Museum on the 17th May 2021. Opening hours will be 10.30 am to 4.30 pm Mondays to Fridays, although this depends upon the availability of volunteers.

It was October 2019 when we last opened to visitors so the countdown to reopening is suddenly becoming an exciting reality. Behind the scenes has been a hive of activity with the closure period being used to advantage. The resulting new displays and technological improvements will provide a much enhanced experience for both volunteers and visitors.

During this prolonged and challenging period who would have thought that a pandemic could also bring about such positive achievements ! We now can’t wait to proudly share and celebrate the new-look Museum with you."

Window display for March / April 2021

Our Window display for March / April 2021 features the Lostwithiel branch of the Old Cornwall Society which was started in 1952.

The original embroidered and appliqued Old Cornwall Society Banner features some of our key buildings and the Town Seal in green, gold and grey which are the town colours.

It was due to the determination of this dedicated group that Lostwithiel Museum was officially and finally opened 50 years ago in 1971. The Lostwithiel branch continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month and is currently arranging a programme of talks from experienced speakers for later this year.

Thank you to Mary Mitchell [Chairman of the Lostwithiel branch] who arranged this display, and to her Committee for their generous sponsorship in support of the Museum.