The Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol, East Looe
2018 Opening times:
19th April - 28th October
Mondays - Fridays 11:00 to 16:00
Saturdays 11:00 - 13:30
Sundays 11:00 - 16:00
Admission:Adults £2.00, Children under 18 free
Disabled access is very restricted due to the design of the building. However, the curator has collated files of information on displays on the ground floor for the use of those who cannot manage stairs.
Reviews from our visitors'How many museums are there like this? The range of artefacts and 'props' is amazing for such a small building. Virtually the whole historic period is covered and with special emphasis on some aspects, e.g. family history and the Second World War. Just as importantly, the staff (who I suspect are volunteers) are superb. For £1.80 (now £2) admission you could while away one or more hours.'
'I know it is a museum but I really felt I was going back in time. Not like a modern museum but more like you are close to the real Looe of old. They seem to be volunteers sharing what has been collected from the local people. Thank you.'
'A huge mine of information, and extremely interesting if you have the time to look and learn. Worth visiting more than once as you will see different things each time.'
'This stone-built building in the centre of Looe has at various times been the local gaol, the Magistrates Court and the town's Guildhall; now, it is the Town Museum and a good one it is as well. The entrance is guarded by a cannon and once inside, you realise what a treasure-trove of objects and exhibits are on show. You enter up a flight of exterior steps directly into what used to be the offices of the East Looe Town Hall and the Magistrates Court, this being on the upper floor.
There are also displays of all manner of domestic tools although the museum does concentrate, rather unsurprisingly, on the three occupations most closely associated with the town, namely boat-building, smuggling and fishing.
On the lower floor are displays of minerals, ancient finds and a few bones of ancient mastodons. The old cells are still in evidence and generally, throughout the museum, if you stroll around for a second time,you will inevitably "see" objects that you missed first time around.
A great little museum, well worth a visit, especially on a cold or wet day. I had left my camera behind when we visited, so I returned later on in the day to take the photographs when the museum was closed.'