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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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Liked the farming history

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ethan E
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Ethan E
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Karim A
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
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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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

variety of exhibitions, interactive screens, child-friendly activities, little cafe on site with delicious cakes

Thank saaula
Rugby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Though this is quite an interesting little museum did thing the entrance fee of £4.70 a bit steep. Though do go to the information place 1st as there is a savings book & we got 70 pence off the price. Split over several floors one shows how Old English Style Farm cottages looked like inside. An area dedicated to Agatha... More 

Thank Sandra C
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Torquay museum was our second stop after Kents cavern. On the ground floor you go to the left and there is a small gift shop Where you pay the entry fee. Next to this is a small cafe. There is a lift if you need to use one. But we used the stairs up to the first floor. Here you... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Had a wonderful day here. Perfect for the family and the tickets are for a whole year so will definitely be coming again and again!!! Good combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions. However the signage around the building could have been clearer. Couldn't find the famous jawbone at first. Not too difficult to put right Museum people!

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