MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
Marazion is well served with galleries, art shops and studios, complementing other excellent galleries in Penzance, Newlyn and St Ives including:
The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno is a truly outstanding venue with a stunning backdrop of the ocean and coast. A visit to marvel at the building of this masterpiece or even better – to see a performance must surely rate as a highlight of a visit to SW Cornwall.
The theatre is used from June to September for a full summer season of plays, produced by companies from all over the UK and visiting companies from across the world. The theatre is open for visitors all year (£4.00 entry – free car park).
The many and varied exhibitions reflect village life in Charlestown, it's history, shipwrecks and the once thriving China Clay industry. The exhibition shows a tremendous range of maritime history dating back to 1715 and one of the largest underwater diving equipment collections in the country, including various suits used for treasure seeking and naval purposes.
Staying on the nautical theme – The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth is well worth a visit featuring maritime artefacts dating back to 2012 BC (yes BC), as well as more modern boats and ships of historic interest.
The first transatlantic and other telegraph cables were laid from Portcurno in the 1800’s. This outstanding museum charts the history of telegraphy and early ‘wireless’ technology and highlights it’s important communications role during WW2.
Tate St Ives is an art gallery in St Ives, exhibiting work by modern British artists. The Tate also manages another, earlier, property in St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden which it opened in 1980.
Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AD
(tel: 01736 796226)
Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience that offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.
Small visitor attraction of the year 2011/12 - a gracious Victorian home converted to create a first class gallery and museum within an attractive park in central Penzance. The gallery celebrates the rich cultural artistic heritage of the Newlyn School and Lamorna Group artists, whilst the museum houses artefacts up to 6,000 years old charting the history of Penzance and West Cornwall and its rich fishing, farming and mining heritage.
Act as a member of the jury in a real trial of a Cornish murder, mystery and intrigue
Zennor Wayside museum
Tel 01736 796945
An evocative selection of artefacts up to 3,000 years old collected over last 75 years set in garden of a 16th century millers cottage with working waterwheel producing organic stoneground flour. Tardis like and surprisingly larger than it looks, this little museum is full of character and interest.
Geevor mine closed in 1990 and is now an award winning attraction and world heritage site set on the magnificent north Cornwall coast. Discover ancient mining techniques and follow the time production process from ore to ingot. Go underground into an ancient drift and experience for yourself the conditions endured by miners up to 300 years ago.
Visit the heritage museum and explore the only underground tin mine open to the public. See an original Cornish steam beam engine pumping water from the shaft and discover fascinating facts about the ancient tin mining industry.
Two Victorian clay works and acres of woodland see how china clay has been mined and processed over the last 250 years. Vintage commercial vehicles and modern mining techniques and Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel.
Not strictly a museum, but a living and working train station and line with steam trains and vintage rolling stock. Great fund for the enthusiast and for exploring 13 miles of wooded track taking in sights and sounds of the evocative bygone age of the steam train.