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


  • 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.
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.
Escape Room Murder Mystery

Escape Room Murder Mystery

  • 26 October 2017 6:30-10:30pm

Torquay Museum is the unique setting for an exciting, fun and unusual Escape Room Murder Mystery evening in which you and your friends will explore its atmospheric and slightly spooky galleries, crack the codes and solve the mystery of the body in the museum.

Four teams of seven or eight people will work against the clock to solve puzzles in Torquay Museum's galleries, surrounded by a fascinating assortment of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, a human mummy, Agatha Christie manuscripts, sabre-toothed tiger skulls, and much more. At the end of the evening the teams will come together to see which is the first to solve the mystery.

There will be two chances to experience the Museum’s Escape Room Murder Mystery – one beginning at 6.30pm and the other at 8.30pm on Thursday 26th October. This fun brain-teasing evening would be ideal for singles, groups of friends or colleagues. Don’t worry if your group doesn’t number 7 or 8 people as the Museum will put people into teams.

Tickets are £25 each, but please note that places are very limited so early booking is highly recommended. Reserve your tickets by calling the Museum on: 01803 293975.

Torquay Museum’s Escape Room Murder Mystery evening will be run by experienced Exeter-based escape room specialists Red House Mysteries.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets are £25 each, but please note that places are very limited so early booking is highly recommended. Reserve your tickets by calling the Museum on: 01803 293975.


Photo of Ghost Taken at Torquay Museum

Halloween Ghost Hunt at Torquay Museum

  • 27 — 28 October 2017 8pm-2am

Fancy doing something really quite spooky this Halloween? Well if you’re fascinated by ghosts and the paranormal, and have ever wondered if there really is something “on the other side”, then join the Ghosts and Paranormal Seekers team on a spine-chilling Halloween ghost hunting night at Torquay Museum. This is a lights-out investigation of a building with a lot of recent paranormal activity, and its own Ancient Egyptian mummy, so it isn’t an evening for the faint-hearted.

During previous highly eventful paranormal evenings at the Museum, there have been photographs taken of apparitions, fingerprints were discovered on the inside of a mummy case which hadn't been opened in years and a 300 year old crib rocked on its own. In October of last year, CCTV cameras caught leaflets and books inexplicably flying off the shelves in the Museum’s shop.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at ghost hunting but don't know where to start, then now is your chance to explore the ghostly side of one of Torquay’s most iconic buildings led by the highly experienced local group,Ghosts and Paranormal Seekers, who will use a wide range of techniques to communicate with the spirit world.

Ghost hunt participants at Torquay Museum can learn how the experts investigate the paranormal, get trained in ghost-hunting techniques, and hear about the supernatural encounters experienced by members of the Ghosts and Paranormal Seekers team during some of the dozens of investigations they have conducted across Devon. Then they can explore the Museum in the dead of night and try to make contact with whatever walks its corridors after dark.

Tickets for the Halloween Paranormal Experience at Torquay Museum, on Friday 27th October from 8pm until late, are £25 including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking in advance is essential as places are very limited, so please contact Torquay Museum on 01803 293975 to reserve your place. Remember to bring a torch, as this is a lights-out ghost hunt.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets for the Halloween Paranormal Experience at Torquay Museum are £25 including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking in advance is essential as places are very limited, so please contact Torquay Museum on 01803 293975 to reserve your place. Remember to bring a torch, as this is a lights-out ghost hunt.


Takeover Day

  • 18 November 2017

We will be working with local Brownies groups and members of our Young Archaeologists club developing new tours and activities, filming, acting as curators & guides, working on Reception and serving in the cafe and lots more !!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd



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01803 293975

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