The Royal Institution of Cornwall, founded in 1818, was set up to promote excellence across all fields relating to Cornwall’s world leading industries and art through the creation of the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Courtney Library and a programme of lectures.
Our aim is to champion a better understanding of Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th Century.
We also want visitors to take advantage of our special role as the only museum in Cornwall with, a British Museum supported, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibition, along with our collection of rare ceramics, a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art on display.
We are proud to say we are an accredited museum and uphold high standards of care with all our collections.
The inviting Arts Café sits between the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Arts Company, and offers plenty of seating for your morning coffee, lunch meeting, or afternoon tea. Fresh, colourful salads, homemade soup, jacket potatoes, quiches sandwiches and toasted paninis are all made to order, using local produce where possible.
During the colder months, sink into a sofa while sipping hot chocolate with all the trimmings, or relax over a long lunch by the log burner. In the summer we’ve got alfresco eating in our sunny courtyard, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cold cider. Art books and magazines are on hand for inspiration, free Wi-Fi, and we’ve also got the daily papers to ponder over, and toys and colouring-in to keep the little ones out of mischief.
TR1 2SJ Contact: 01872 272205