Bodmin Town Museum is situated on Mount Folly in the centre of this ancient County Town. Site of a former Friary and later the Public Rooms, the Museum is housed in the basement of the new Cinema complex.
A free, family friendly Accredited museum, it is run entirely by volunteers determined to keep the town’s long, amazing history alive. Our income is through donations, our publications and books, souvenirs and money raised locally by our volunteers.
Although small, inside you will discover many interesting displays on the town’s social history. There are permanent displays including those on Law and Order; Rocks and Minerals; St Lawrence’s Hospital, once the County Lunatic Asylum; World Wars One and Two and a Cornish kitchen. There are also temporary displays which are generally updated or changed each year. We still have the display and leaflet about the JSSL “The Joint Services School for Linguists” which was in Bodmin from 1951 – 1956 as this has interested many people who did not know this School was in Bodmin during that time.
There is a new interactive touch screen monitor where you can listen to oral history along with photos illustrating some interesting aspects of local history.
Plenty of books, leaflets and souvenirs for sale in our shop as well as the opportunity for children to complete an exciting quiz. At the end of the year two winners receive gift tokens. Children will now also enjoy ‘Where’s Ollie?’ on our new interactive screen – find our friendly owl on his flyabout in Bodmin.
Admission to this dog-friendly museum is free but donations are gratefully received.
The museum opening times are currently:
Monday – Friday: 10:30 – 16:30
Saturday: 10:30 – 14:30
Wheelchair access is possible but not easy so please email before your visit to check if there is help available if you need it.