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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 desert 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's 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 Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.15pm). See website for more information.

Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Rd
Tel: 01803 293975

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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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The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve into LGBTQ+ Histories / <span >Tue 01 Feb 2022</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2025-12-31T00:00:00Z">Wed 31 Dec 2025</span> <span>(4 years)</span>The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve into LGBTQ+ Histories / Tue 01 Feb 2022 to Wed 31 Dec 2025 (4 years)

Explore hidden LGBTQ+ histories from Torquay Museum's Collections by following The Michelangelo Trail around the galleries. Pick up a trail sheet at Reception to begin the trail.

Pirates! Fact &amp; Fiction Exhibition / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-04-30T00:00:00Z">Sat 30 Apr</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2022-09-03T00:00:00Z">Sat 03 Sep 2022</span> <span>(4 months)</span>Pirates! Fact & Fiction Exhibition / Sat 30 Apr to Sat 03 Sep 2022 (4 months)

From 30th April discover the world of maritime crime with Pirates! Fact and Fiction. This exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through pirate history, film and literature. From the Cilician pirates of the Roman Medi...

Display of Objects from the Titanic and the Olympic / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-04-02T00:00:00Z">Sat 02 Apr</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2022-06-04T00:00:00Z">Sat 04 Jun 2022</span> <span>(2 months)</span>Display of Objects from the Titanic and the Olympic / Sat 02 Apr to Sat 04 Jun 2022 (2 months)

The 15th April 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster of all time, the sinking of the Titanic. The loss of life from the sinking of the unsinkable ship at over 1,500 souls had repercussions...

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Freelance Education Officer / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-02-28T00:00:00Z">Thu 28 Feb 2019</span>Freelance Education Officer / Thu 28 Feb 2019

Salary: Payment is on a sessional basis: £50 for a half day morning or afternoon workshop and £80 for a whole day workshop. Hours per week: This post is offered on a freelance as required basis depending on the number...