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.
Museum, Archive, Association or society
Monday - Saturday (including Bank Holidays)
10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry at 3.00pm)
Standard ticket gives you unlimited entry to the museum for one year. (Prices change annually on April 1st).
Child aged 3 - 16 £3.95
Child aged under 3 Free
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £18.90
Smaller Family (1 Adult and 2 Children) £12.90
- Museums Association
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 293975.
Contact the Education team at Torquay Museum by email: email@example.com or telephone 01803 293975 for details
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.
Contact the education team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details or telephone 01803 293975
A guided tour of the Explorers and Ancient Egypt Galleries (daily except on Sundays)
- 5 — 10 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.
- Any age
Normal museum entry charges apply
Kids in Museums Takeover Day as part of BBC Civilisations Festival
- 10 March 2018 10am-3pm
Local children will be taking over Torquay Museum for the day, Providing guided tours of the galleries and running craft activities.
Discover what life was like in Ancient Egypt. Meet our boy mummy Psamtek, learn how to scribe hieroglyphics, make Egyptian jewellery and discover how the Egyptians made paint and the meaning of the different colours.
- Any age
Visit Torquay Museum website for details regarding entry charges. There are no additional charges of the tours.
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd