Torquay Museum

The Museum's 2,500 year old mummy boy
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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 43,000 years ago. Explore life and death in our Ancient Egypt gallery, featuring a 2,500 year old mummy. 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, and see the fascinating artefacts they collected during their travels across the globe.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday (including Bank Holidays)
10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry at 3.00pm)

Admission charges

Standard ticket gives you unlimited entry to the museum for one year. (Prices change annually on April 1st).
Adult £6.45
Child aged 3 - 16 £3.95
Child aged under 3 Free
Concessions £4.70
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £18.90
Smaller Family (1 Adult and 2 Children) £12.90

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Services for visitors with mobility difficulties: all galleries of the museum are accessible by visitors with mobility problems. Access to the ground floor is by ramp, while a lift and stair lift will take you to the galleries. Toilets for people with disabilities are available on the ground and first floors.

Services for visitors with visual impairment: the Time Ark Gallery of natural history has many items that can be handled. These include tactile birds, fossils and a lion skin. Certain items in this gallery also have Braille labels. The Old Devon Farmhouse has many items that can be handled, including a human yoke, domestic utensils and cream pan, the rooms also have a soundtrack and smells to create an atmosphere of farm life, and at times this gallery also has storytellers. The Museum is always trying to add new services for people with visual impairments, contact the museum to find out about special events and new additions.

Parking: The Museum has one parking space that can be reserved, please contact us for details. A large car park can be found on the Terrace which is only fifty yards from the Museum, and there is on-street parking across the road from the Museum.

The registered Museum holds collections of natural history, palaeontology, archaeology, social history, ethnography, Torquay pottery, pictorial records, and archives, relating to the Torbay area, as well as from across the world. The collections are exceptional for a Museum of this size, over 300,000 specimens are held in the stores with about one percent on display.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • The galleries include displays of Local Natural History, South Devon Archaeology and finds from Kents Cavern, Egyptology, the life of Agatha Christie, John Salter’s Topographical watercolours, the old Devon Farmhouse, Victoriana, Torquay pottery and World Adornment. The Museum has regular temporary exhibitions, and programmes of events for all ages.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Lost City of Z: Secrets of the Fawcett Archive

  • 25 October 2017 — 17 February 2018 *on now

For the first time a substantial exhibition, 'The Lost City of Z' on the legendary Torquay-born explorer, Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, will chart his incredible search for The Lost City of Z in the Amazon Jungle, displaying fascinating items from the Museum’s archive - many for the first time.

Also on display will be props from the recently released and critically acclaimed Hollywood Film, The Lost City of Z, which has brought Col. Fawcett’s tragic story to a larger audience. The Museum was involved with the production of the film and some of the props were based on archive items housed from the Museum. This exhibition has been made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant to create an exhibition.

There will be a series of explorer related talks and events to accompany the exhibition, as well as film screenings of 'The Lost City of Z' on Friday 6th October 2017, 6pm and Saturday 13th January 2018, 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.torquaymuseum.org/events/details/329/the-lost-city-of-z-exhibition

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.
Hill Figures of England

The Hill Figures of England, a talk by David Hinchliffe

  • 7 February 2018 10:45-11:45am

David presents a vivid, non-specialist miscellany of history, archaeology, art and myth relating to some of our best-loved works of giant landscape art
Ticket £5 to non-members, Free to members.
A Torquay Museum Society lecture.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5 to general public

Dartmoor image

Dartmoor’s Ancient Tracks and their Stories, a talk by Michael Bennie

  • 14 February 2018 10:45-11:45am

As part of the Torquay Museum Society lecture series.
Michael Bennie, author of 16 books on walking in Devon and Cornwall walks, identifies the origins of Dartmoor’s ancient paths and tracks and tells some of the stories associated with them.
Ticket £5 to non-members, Free to members of the Society
Telephone 01803 293975 for information

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5 to general public, free to members

The Newlyn School of Artists, a talk by Zoe Burkett

  • 21 February 2018 10:45-11:45am

As part of the Torquay Museum Society lecture programme and to coincide with the BBC Civilisations Festival 2018.
The Newlyn School of Artists, a talk by Zoe Burkett
Zoe, of Penlee House Gallery, Penzance, talks about the late 19th Century community of artists who lived amongst the fishing families whose lives they portrayed with such skill and sympathy.
Ticket £5 to non-members, Free to members of the Society
Telephone 01803 293975 for information

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5 to general public, free to members

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Education

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Education workshop for Schools as part of BBC Civilisations Festival 2018

  • 2 — 11 March 2018

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Education workshop for Schools
Full or Half Day Workshops (with max 35 children)
Discover what life and death was like in Ancient Egypt, meet our boy Mummy Psamtek and learn about how Egyptians lived. Reconstruct a Pyramid, scribe Hieroglyphics and try on some Pharaoh headdresses. The whole day Egyptians session includes a role-play Embalming workshop in the afternoon.
Enquiries regarding school bookings should be sent to reception@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Contact the Education team at Torquay Museum by email: education@torquaymuseum.org.uk or telephone 01803 293975 for details

Around the World workshop

Around the World in a Day (Ancient Civilisation) Education workshop for Schools as part of BBC Civilisations Festival

  • 2 — 11 March 2018

Around the World in a Day (Ancient Civilisation) Education workshop for Schools
Full or Half Day Workshop (with max 35 children)
An introduction to Ancient Civilisations through objects and materials, exploring topics including daily life, religion, trade and warfare. Learn about cultures such as Egyptian, Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Contact the education team by email: education@torquaymuseum.org.uk for details or telephone 01803 293975

Egyptian collection, Torquay Museum

A guided tour of the Explorers and Ancient Egypt Galleries (daily except on Sundays)

  • 2 — 11 March 2018

Listen to the stories of the incredible journeys made by Torquay's famous explorers, from the frozen wastes of the Antarctic to the depths of the Brazilian rainforest- and come face-to-face with wonderful artefacts from ancient Egypt, including Devon's only Mummy. The gallery is the main showpiece of the museum and features fascinating artefacts collected by Torquay-based explorers and scholars during their travels across the globe.
Free of charge, with a valid museum entry ticket.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal museum entry charges apply

Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 1HG
England

Website

www.torquaymuseum.org

E-mail

General Enquiries

enquiries@torquaymuseum.org

Marketing

carl.smith@torquaymuseum.org

Telephone

01803 293975

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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