Torquay Museum

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529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG

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Torquay Museum, Torquay, Devon

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About Us

An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site. 

Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike.

A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon’s amazing archaeology, geology and people.

Detect your way through Britain’s only Agatha Christie gallery at Torquay Museum, which is dedicated to the life story of the Queen of Crime. Re-developed and improved in 2013, the new gallery now enables visitors to step inside Poirot’s study and lounge, including furniture, books, pictures and even fireplaces from his beautiful London Art Deco apartment.

Come face-to-face with North-West Europe’s oldest human fossil and the sabre-toothed tigers he shared his Torquay home with 44,000 years ago, and explore life and death in Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a 2,500 year old mummified boy. Find out about Torquay’s explorer’s, including the inspiration for Indiana Jones and what life was like in an Devon Farmhouse in the 1800’s.

A Visual Guide is now available for Torquay Museum.   The Guide is a site specific online tool to help people plan and consider their visit to a new place. The Visual Guide shows anything from functional information like entry prices, parking and facilities, but also highlights elements like sound levels, lighting types, spaces and bespoke features that may cause alarm or confusion.

Museum Hire - The museum offers a unique location for conferences, meetings and events and has a choice of 3 rooms to meet a wide range of needs; from a small boardroom meeting to an auditorium seating 190 with high spec presentation facilities.

If you are planning an evening event, the museum’s exhibition galleries can be hired for exclusive use, allowing you to create an event with a difference - from champagne receptions in the Devon Farmhouse or Explorers Galleries, to intimate dining in the Forbes-Julian Room or the Library.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.10 per ticket
Child (3-16 years)£4.40 per ticket
Child (under 3)Free
Family (1 Adult & 2 Children)£13.50 per ticket
Family (2&2)£19.70 per ticket
Senior/Student£5.50 per ticket

Pay once and get in free for a year!
Group rates also available.

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Torquay Museum (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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Events

5th Apr 2021 - 5th Sept 2021

Windows in Time: Images on the Street Exhibition, Torquay Museum, Torquay, DevonWindows in Time: Images on the Street ExhibitionA Free Exhibition Celebrating Local Heritage through Historic Images on the Streets of Torbay.  The Medium of photography as we know it today has been going just a little longer than the Torquay Museum has exited, around 175 years. We hold tens of thousands of historic images in our collections…
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12th June 2021 - 4th Sept 2021

The Secret Museum Exhibition Celebrating 175 Years of Torquay Museum, Torquay, DevonThe Secret Museum Exhibition Celebrating 175 Years of Torquay MuseumThe Secret Museum Exhibition - Celebrating 175 Years of Torquay Museum  “There is more hidden away than there is on display” Torquay Museum has exceptionally large and varied collections for a town museum. 175 years of collecting has created an enormous resource of specimens and objects, many are…
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28th July 2021 - 28th July 2021

Gecko, Exotic Animal Handling Sessions, Torquay, DevonExotic Animal Handling SessionsIf you've ever wanted to learn about, and handle, snakes, reptiles and large bugs up close, then you're in for a treat as the Museum welcomes small animal experience specialists, Frazoo. Run by primary school teacher, Frazie Hulbert, who has had a passion for exotic animals since childhood, these…
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30th July 2021 - 30th July 2021

27th Aug 2021 - 27th Aug 2021

29th Oct 2021 - 29th Oct 2021

10th Dec 2021 - 10th Dec 2021

Murder Mystery at Torquay Museum - The Curse of Amenhotep - Babbacombe Road, Torquay, DevonThe Curse of AmenhotepA seemingly supernatural murder has taken place among the museum exhibits… You and your team have been drafted in to get to the bottom of it. The Curse of Amenhotep is two hour interactive mystery experience run in association with Torquay Museum. Using your skills of investigation, observation and…
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10th Sept 2021 - 19th Sept 2021

Heritage Open Days, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, DevonHeritage Open DaysHeritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission
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25th Sept 2021 - 25th Sept 2021

Divorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry VIII, Brixham Theatre, Brixham, DevonDivorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry VIIIThe year is 1544 and King Henry, the Eighth of that name, is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm; and has halted here to afford his Loyal Subjects the opportunity to have 'audience' with their Sovereign Lord and King. The King, recently married to his new, and sixth, wife, Queen Catherine…
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    Recent Reviews:

    • SBinSurrey
      Carshalton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A gem of a find
      4 of 5 stars
      3rd Oct 2020
      We came primarily to see the Agatha Christie exhibition which in our opinion needs to have more in it. Yes they have 2 film sets, poirot’s cane but there must be more than could be shown to show off... Read full review
    • jjbl0ndie
      Coventry, United Kingdom
      Should be the #1 attraction
      5 of 5 stars
      14th Nov 2020
      An excellent museum, with lots of variety presented in an interesting way. We primarily visited for the Spies exhibition (fascinating and well-planned), but wished we'd allocated more holiday time to... Read full review
    • kevinwP3392NR
      Birmingham, United Kingdom
      Good rainy day activity
      3 of 5 stars
      18th July 2021
      Decent value at £7 each. We enjoyed the Agatha Christie display. Also were interactive features on explorers, local farmhouses and the Egyptians. There was an educational area about global warming... Read full review

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    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Tctile labelling in Natural History Gallery and objects to handle.
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • Shop

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant - Licensed cafe serving tea, coffee, light snacks and lunches. Seating for 33. .

    Establishment Features

    • Open All Year
    • Tea / Coffee Shop
    • Toilets

    Key Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Max group size - 100

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • Min group size - 10
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed towards families
    • Marketed towards senior citizens
    • Marketed towards student/youth

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.After 1600.

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    This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
    Company number 10237792.
    Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
    Telephone 01803 211211 enquiries@englishrivierabid.co.uk

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