Torquay Museum


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

  • Phone: 01803 293975

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

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

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

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed bar
  • Lecture theatre
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Members/Friends facilities offered

Facilities information:

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.

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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