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Torquay Museum

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Address: 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG, England
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+44 1803 293975

Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum - a...

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, come face-to-face with North-West Europe's oldest

human fossil and explore Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a 2,500 year old mummified boy. Then follow the incredible journeys made

by Torquay's famous explorers, from the frozen wastes of the Antarctic to the depths of the Brazilian rainforest.

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Rainy day out

Very Interesting day out on rainy day,the first time we went in august 2015 and our ticket was valid for a year so we went again for free in august 2016.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Torquay, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting lots to see and suitable for all ages, the staff were all very helpfull, informative and pleasant great visit would go again anytime.

Thank tonyevangelist
Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Interesting day out on rainy day,the first time we went in august 2015 and our ticket was valid for a year so we went again for free in august 2016.

Thank jennywren335
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little museum in Torquay , gift shop and cafe in museum . Quite impressed that museum caters for the blind with Braille information and exhibits that can be felt along with the other exhibits , museum covers a few floors , topics covered Agatha Christie , explorers ( my particular favourite ) inc local explorers, very interesting , old... More 

Thank walletShrewsbury
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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788 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated just uphill from Torquay Harbour, the museum has an interesting history. But now it exists on visitor admission, and a small external funding, room hire and special events. There is also an excellent cafe on the ground floor. There are changing exhibits such as film costumes from Gladiator / The Eagle and other historic based films., as well as... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very little to see or do. Not good value for money in the slightest and plenty more that are close by.

Thank Lance D
Torquay_Museum, Manager at Torquay Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment, we always welcome visitor comments to help improve our museum. It is difficult to reconcile your experience with previous very positive Trip Advisor comments. We have five diverse galleries covering subjects as varied as Ancient Egyptians, the traditional Devon Farmhouse, an Ancestors Gallery with objects from our nationally important Designated collection, an... More 

Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We turned up at 10 AM, opening time, and spent one and a half hours realising that there was far more to this museum then you might expect from looking at it. The prices for getting in are very moderate and when you buy a ticket you get a voucher entitling you to free entry for one year. If that's... More 

Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Torquay_Museum, Manager at Torquay Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Brain for a lovely review! Its always great when we hear that visitors have really enjoyed the museum. The museum has been here since 1875 so hopefully (with help from people like you) it can continue to be open for many years to come. The café is run by Jackie and Tony and I will pass on your... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I really liked seeing the open farm barn and the natural history all about the birds. They hold a lot of meetings here too.

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Torquay_Museum, Manager at Torquay Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review, Ethan. The farmhouse is very popular with our visitors and it really helps get a feel of what an Old Devon Farmhouse would have been like. We do have lots of meetings open to the public, as well as music, antiques and other events. Please check our website for what's on. Many thanks More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Despite being on the small scale when it comes to museums, the amount of effort and care for details can be clearly felt, specially caring for younger visitors. The exhibits are all very good, but being a huge Agatha Christie fan I went there specifically for her exhibit. Being Egyptian myself I was very happy with the Ancient Egyptian artifacts... More 

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Torquay_Museum, Manager at Torquay Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for review. I will pass your kind comments on to our staff especially the curator. We do try to make the museum fun for children by offering activities and trails. We are pleased that you enjoyed the Agatha Christie gallery and were happy with the Ancient Egyptian artefacts. Psamtek sends his regards! Hope to see you again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Arrived in time for a lecture on the Wildlife of Dartmoor which was interesting then wander round the galleries which included one devoted to Agatha Christie. I was the only person going round, but noted had there been a lot of vistors there were not many seats

Thank S1228WQdavidm
Torquay_Museum, Manager at Torquay Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the lecture at the museum, hopefully you will visit us again for another one. See our website for more details. There is at least one seat on each gallery but we will make sure that there are more available for visitors. Many thanks again for visiting. More 

Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

One of the things that makes the UK unlike the US is that they have a deep history. One of the rooms has a time-line of climate and human (and proto-human) settlement in the Torquay area. It goes back to the time before the Ice Age when early humans were hunting in a semi-tropical swamp with hippos and crocodiles. There... More 

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