Torquay Museum

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Visit Torquay Museum for a truly inspiring day out! As well as our changing exhibitions programme, our permanent galleries show an amazing range of natural history artefacts, galleries on explorers, egypt and the amazon, and our social history collections.

Agatha Christie
Britain’s only permanent gallery dedicated to the life story of Torquay’s most famous daughter, the world’s undisputed Queen of Crime. Trace the eventful life of the best-selling author, through a vast collection of photographs and images. See some of her personal effects, from an original manuscript and handwritten notes to some of her clothes and dozens of first editions of her novels.

A new interactive Explorers Gallery traces the incredible journeys made by Torquay's famous explorers, including the hero of Brad Pitt’s movie, The Lost City of Z - Percy Harrison Fawcett, who spent years exploring the jungles of South America. Explore life and death in Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a little boy entombed within, and see many beautiful and rare objects collected from across the globe by Torquay explorers.

See the oldest human fossil in Britain, a 43,000 year old jawbone, as you explore half a million years of human evolution in Devon. Humans first arrived here some 450,000 years ago. Trace their progress to the elusive Neanderthals that inhabited Kents Cavern during the Ice Age, sharing this landscape with woolly mammoths, cave bears and huge scimitar cats.

The English Riviera
From a tropical coral sea to an arid dessert and ice-bound landscape, the English Riviera has changed radically over the last 400 million years. The Time Ark Gallery explores Devon's unique geology and tells the story of Kents Cavern prehistoric caves - home to humans, scimitar cats, cave bears and hyenas for half a million years.

Fun and Adventure for Kids!
Become a reporter on the "Curse of the Mummy’s Hand" story breaking in Egypt, hunt down the clues around the Museum and claim your prize. Or follow the Explorer’s Trail, crack the secret code to the safe and discover what awaits you inside. There are also special events at the Museum during school holidays. Check our website for details.

Museum Opening Times
Open Monday - Sat 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm) during termtimes. See website for Christmas opening.

Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Rd
Tel: 01803 293975

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529 Babbacombe Road

Telephone: 01803 293 975

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Free Winter Workshops for Young People! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-11-07T00:00:00Z">Thu 07 Nov 2013</span>Free Winter Workshops for Young People! / Thu 07 Nov 2013

Young Sustainability Champions Torquay Museum is offering half day workshops exploring a range of Sustainability topics. We have a host of opportunities that are completely FREE that will ignite, inform and entertain th...

Torquay Museum joins Kids in Museums campaign! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-02-18T00:00:00Z">Mon 18 Feb 2013</span>Torquay Museum joins Kids in Museums campaign! / Mon 18 Feb 2013

We’re calling on all children, young people and families to share their ideas and views with us! What would you like to see more of in your local museum, and what would help you enjoy and learn as a family? Building ...

Jawbone - Earliest Evidence of Modern Humans in NW Europe / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-11-02T00:00:00Z">Wed 02 Nov 2011</span>Jawbone - Earliest Evidence of Modern Humans in NW Europe / Wed 02 Nov 2011

Torquay Museum’s Jawbone is Earliest Evidence of Modern Humans in North-western Europe, According to New Study by Experts Experts from the University of Oxford and the Natural History Museum in London have discover...

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MIKE HOLGATE: ‘SHACKLETON, SCOTT AND THE SOUTH POLE’ TALK AS PAR / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-02-17T00:00:00Z">Sat 17 Feb 2018</span>MIKE HOLGATE: ‘SHACKLETON, SCOTT AND THE SOUTH POLE’ TALK AS PAR / Sat 17 Feb 2018

Saturday 17th February 2018, 2pm. As part of Torquay Museum's Explorer Season, Mike Holgate will give a talk about Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. This presentation about Ernest Shackleton and Robert Fal...

JOHN RISDON - &apos;THE MARINERS WAY&apos; AN EXPLORER SEASON TALK / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-12-02T00:00:00Z">Sat 02 Dec 2017</span>JOHN RISDON - 'THE MARINERS WAY' AN EXPLORER SEASON TALK / Sat 02 Dec 2017

Saturday 2nd December, 11am. As part of Torquay Museum's Explorer Season, John Risdon will give a fascinating and entertaining account of “The Mariners Way 2008 – Bideford to Dartmouth”. Born and bred, a man of Dev...

MARITIME ITEMS VALUATION DAY / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-11-25T00:00:00Z">Sat 25 Nov 2017</span>MARITIME ITEMS VALUATION DAY / Sat 25 Nov 2017

Saturday 25th November, 10am to 4pm (last entry, 3pm) In association with Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood (Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers) and as part of the Explorers Season of events and Percy Fawcett exhibition r...

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Torbay Museums Trust (TMT) - Trustees needed / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-03-18T00:00:00Z">Fri 18 Mar 2016</span>Torbay Museums Trust (TMT) - Trustees needed / Fri 18 Mar 2016

The establishment of Torbay Museums Trust (TMT) from 1 April 2015 marked a new venture in Torbay’s heritage sector. The Trust appointed a new Board in April 2015 but there are still places available to bring it up to its...

Trustees sought for new Torbay Museums Trust / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-01-23T00:00:00Z">Fri 23 Jan 2015</span>Trustees sought for new Torbay Museums Trust / Fri 23 Jan 2015

Torquay Museum is Devon’s oldest Accredited Museum and the third largest in the region. It has a number of separate interactive galleries ranging from famous Devon explorers to William Pengelly’s extensive finds of human...

Sessional Education Deliverers / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2014-06-30T00:00:00Z">Mon 30 Jun 2014</span>Sessional Education Deliverers / Mon 30 Jun 2014

Future Museums Torbay is looking for people to become part of our new Education Team for Torquay Museum and Torre Abbey. A background in teaching or museums education delivery is particularly sought, but consideration w...