THE Royal Cornwall Museum has become the first venue of its type in the county to install lifesaving equipment.
It is the third place in Truro to offer the public access defibrillator equipment.
John Negus, operations manager, was delighted the museum could offer life-saving equipment within the premises.
"We are very proud to become the first museum in Cornwall and third location in Truro to hold this vital equipment," he said.
"We sincerely hope that we have very few opportunities to use it, but having the defibrillator here will give our visitors and staff the confidence to know that we are now equipped to deal with what could otherwise be potentially tragic circumstances."
The device has been funded by donations from the Truro Lions' Club, Standen Opticians and museum trustees.
The Royal Cornwall Museum follows the Hall For Cornwall and Truro Tourist Information Centre in installing the equipment.
About 2,000 people die each week after suffering a cardiac arrest and the use of CPR alone without a defibrillator leaves the victim just a 5 per cent chance of survival.
The defibrillator was presented by the Lions, with the trustees of the museum donating £300, matched by Standen Opticians, and the balance being funded by the Lions' Heart Appeal Fund following a recent concert by choir Amici Voci.