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.
Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales Then and Now
- 11 February — 3 September 2017 *on now
The exhibition tells the story of fairytales, their history and how they influence the modern world. The exhibitions draws on the the Museum's impressive social history and natural history collections which illustrate many of the common items and animals found in traditional fairy stories including
Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Family friendly
Normal Admission Fees Apply
May The Toys Be With You: Star Wars Toys and Posters
- 17 June — 3 September 2017 *on now
From a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must see for Star Wars fans, big and small.
This exhibition showcases one of Britain's finest Star Wars collections featuring some of the first toys, posters and memorabilia produced. There will also be life-sized replicas of Darth Vader, R2D2 and a Stormtroper, a working 1980s arcade game, an audio visual presentation and a giant Battle of Hoth diorama.
Look out for special events at weekends with live costumed characters, virtual reality and memorabilia valuations. Contact the museum for more details or follow our Facebook page.
- Family friendly
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd