Torquay Museum


529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG

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Torquay Museum, Torquay, Devon

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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.


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Opening Times

Torquay Museum (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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26th Oct 2021 - 28th Oct 2021

Spooky Halloween Exotic Animal Handling Sessions, Torquay Museum, Torquay, DevonSpooky Halloween Exotic Animal Handling Sessions SPOOKY HALLOWEEN EXOTIC ANIMAL HANDLING SESSIONS Date: 26 October 2021 - 28 October 2021 If you’ve ever wanted to learn about, and handle, rather spooky 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…
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26th Oct 2021 - 26th Oct 2021

27th Oct 2021 - 27th Oct 2021

2nd Nov 2021 - 2nd Nov 2021

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7th Dec 2021 - 7th Dec 2021

Exterior, Torquay Museum, Torquay, DevonTorquay Museum Lectures/EventsLectures are free of charge to Torquay Museum Society Members. But the general public are also welcome to attend - £5 per ticket, payable on the door. Did you know that Torquay Museum has collections of national and international significance? But, as a local Museum and registered charity we…
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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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30th Oct 2021 - 30th Oct 2021

Witches & Wizards Halloween Celebration Day, Torquay Museum, Torquay, DevonWitches & Wizards Halloween Celebration DayIn celebration of the spookiest time of the year, Torquay Museum is organising a whole day of fun-filled family-friendly Halloween events. There will be potions making with a couple of wizards that visitors will be very familiar with. Then visitors can make their own wands under expert supervision,…
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Eddie730
      County Durham, United Kingdom
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      A fascinating Museum with great charm
      5 of 5 stars
      13th Sept 2021
      History, geography and geology lovers will enjoy spending time in this charming museum not far from the clocktower near the harbour front. We were impressed with our welcome and made to feel very... Read full review
    • colinf296
      Salisbury, United Kingdom
      Agatha Christie to Prehistoric
      5 of 5 stars
      10th Oct 2021
      What an eclectic collection in a purpose built Victorian building! We were given a group guided tour which lasted an hour and could easily have gone on longer. Fascinating collection with some... Read full review
    • MurielC132018
      Kent, United Kingdom
      A Little Gem of a Museum
      5 of 5 stars
      11th Oct 2021
      We went specifically for the Agatha Christie Exhibition. We loved it as they have so many items from the films and even the set from Poirot with the clothes worn by David Suchet, Lots of information... Read full review




    • 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


    • 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
    • Min group size - 10

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • 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

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