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Published July 30th 2019
Something new to see around every corner
In the historic town of Launceston in Cornwall, you will find this fascinating museum.

Like many of the places we've visited in Cornwall, we hadn't planned to visit, but while visiting the nearby Launceston castle, we saw several banners in the streets about it and thought that we'd check it out.

It is free to visit with a donation box near the entrance.

Lawrence House Museum is located in an old Georgian house that was built in 1753. The building is owned by the National Trust and leased to the local council to allow them to have this fascinating museum.

Inside you'll find a large number of exhibits spread out over several floors. Each room has a different exhibition and these include: -

Costume collection
An array of costumes from the 18th Century to the mid 20th Century.

Toy Room
A large display that shows how toys have changed over the last 150 years.

Southern Railway Station Model
A small room with an excellent model railway display of Launceston train station from the 1930s.

Charles Causley Launceston's Poet
This room is dedicated to the life and works of local poet Charles Causley with over 70 years of his work on display.

The Victorian Kitchen
Set out as it would have been back in its heyday to give you a feel of life back then.

Australian Connections
This display has information about Philip Gidley King, a Launceston man. He sailed alongside the first fleet of convicts that were sent to Australia and subsequently became the third Governor of New South Wales.

Launceston Room
Hosting displays that show the early history of the area, up until the present day.

On a visit here, you'll find so much to see, you could spend many hours wandering around.

Due to the age of the building, people with limited mobility would find it hard to visit the basement and first floor. So to ensure that they don't miss out, they have photo albums on the ground floor that contain pictures and details of those areas.

There is no car park at the Museum, but there are several car parks in the nearby area with details available on the Cornwall Government website.

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When: Open all summer Monday - Saturday 10.30 am 4.30 pm (4.00 pm Last entry) till 25 October, check website as days may vary
Phone: 01566 773277
Where: Lawrence House Museum 9, Castle Street Launceston Cornwall PL15 8BA
Cost: Free, donations welcomed
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