Ilfracombe Museum

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Delve into the treasure trove that is Ilfracombe Museum. Overflowing with curiosities and memorabilla, this historic building houses unimaginable finds from a shrunken head to pickled bats, and marvellous insect, spider and butterfly specimens to explore. Our displays include maritime Ilfracombe, the local railway, and military history, plus Victorian costumes. There's something for everyone!
We also have photographic and research resources from the Ilfracombe area that can be viewed upon request
Children are free, there are object for them to handle and quizzes to enjoy. We have a great value shop selling gifts and books.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1700
Tues-Fri 1000-1300

Closed: Two weeks Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Adults £2.50
Seniors & Concessions £2.00
Accompanied Children up to 16 FREE

Additional info

Entrance £2.50 for adults, £2 seniors and concessions, accompanied children under 16 are free.
Wheelchair accessible
Note: no parking at museum, pay parking at theatre next door

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, World Cultures, Fine Art, Social History, Maritime

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Victorian Selfie

  • 13 June 2015 11am-4pm

Sat 13th June 11am - 4pm in the Long gallery and Lundy Room:, Workshop: The Victorian Selfie, Experience making a portrait using a real Victorian 8x10 inch camera. Everything will be provided in this workshop where you will learn traditional photography with a camera from the 1880's and learn the basics of monochrome using light sensitive paper and photographic chemicals in a darkroom. You'll even get to take a picture home with you for your new profile!, 11am- 4pm, cost £25 per person to include all materials and tuition. Lunch not provided but refreshments available. Places limited 15 so please book on 01271 863541 or,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£25 per person

Art Competition Exhibition And Judging

  • 13 June 2015 11am-4pm

Victorian week: , Sat 13th June 11am - Art competition exhibition and judging at the museum, in the Costume Room. Free admission to the judging event. ,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free entry for judging event

Victorian coffee morning

  • 16 June 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Victorian week: , Tues 16th June, Victorian coffee morning 1030-1230, please come in Victorian costume! We will have cakes, teas and coffee, and a raffle and tombola. Free entry.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



William Morris

  • 10 July 2015

Fri 10th July, Talk at the museum on William Morris, part of Everything Morris weekend. Lecturer Antigone Neaum, an authority on arts and crafts artist William Morris. The talk 'William Morris, not just that wallpaper guy' will be held at Ilfracombe Museum on the evening of Friday 10 July and will be accompanied by cheese & wine. Tickets will be available from Ilfracombe Museum and Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre from early March onwards. Anyone wishing to enquire in advance should email,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Ilfracombe Museum
Wilder Road
EX34 8AF




01271 863541

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