The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is home to one of the largest collections of material relating to the moving image in Britain. We are both an accredited public museum and an academic research facility. Over 1,000 of our items are on display in our galleries and are available to be viewed by the public 7 days a week.
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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK991 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Not quite sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. I thought it would be more about filming and cinema. But it was more just memorabilia from film. Going in involved walking through some student areas which felt weird and not very intuitive. Downstairs however, there was some interesting older artefacts which you can actually have a go with. These were interesting and worth seeking out.

We also tried to follow the sculpture trail through the university grounds but gave up the will to live after the first few as they were pretty rubbish and the map was hard to follow, plus many of them seemed to be indoors in areas where we would have felt we were intruding.
Written 2 November 2021
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Liz W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This small but fascinating museum is well worth a visit. It's full of memorabilia, equipment and information about all aspects of moving pictures and cinema, from the earliest days, to famous stars and films. We really enjoyed it. Your sat nav will take you to the road in front of the University buildings that it's in, where you can park on the road (pay and display, so take care) and then a path takes you to the Old Library and the museum.
Written 11 October 2023
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runton
england115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Before our trip to Exeter, knowing I was into cinema, a friend recomended this museum. He'd never been but had heard about it, from his days working for Blockbuster. So we went. Well worth it. Interesting going to it, as 2 ancient oldies going to University. Easy to locate via the UNI bus. Very interesting, took us back to our younger days. Thanks to the Curator for nipping out to tell us what was there, and offering us help if needed. We were both glad we went. Thanks as well to the friendly receptionist who helped us in, and to the loos!
Written 14 March 2022
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Anne H
Bristol, UK34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Really worth a visit to the University Campus for this, will probably need about 1 hour as you need to prepay for parking.

The museum has a really intersting and partly interactive display.
Written 23 January 2023
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wingate
London, UK2,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Took me a time to get here but it was worth it.The Ground floor gallery packed wit nostalgic ephemera from the twenties to the sixties.The basement with the early cinema.
Written 5 November 2021
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Luke B
Ringwood, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
The exhibition is larger than I originally thought with all sorts of paraphernalia which allowed me to compar the orginal King Kong aninst the more recent Peter Jackson vision. It goes right back to pre cinema if you are ever in Exeter visit and you will not be disappointed.
Written 26 July 2018
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Thanks for coming Luke, We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 6 August 2018
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JeffTheChairman
Exeter, UK1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Tucked away within the Old Library at the University of Exeter this is a hidden gem
Some amazing nostalgic exhibits with things to interest all the family
Not huge but well worth a visit
Written 8 February 2018
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Thanks Jeff, we have 80,000 items in the collection and although we can't display everything they are all accessible to consult in our reading room. Glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again.
Written 9 February 2018
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Lucie723
Exeter, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
I have been there four times this summer with my children. A true hidden gem situated on the lower level on the university grounds. I like the fact that it is really quiet in there and the curator always comes to talk to us and show us the puppet shows and other children activities. While the children play I can read about a subject that really interests me and it is all small cosy and contained. The children and I tend to have a snack and coffee from the coffee/ snack machines and every time I go I get to learn more about the early days of the cinema. Don't expect a big museum or anything but for me it is just perfect and well put together.
Written 4 September 2017
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited here on a recent trip to Exeter. We were avoiding the storm and this was a perfect place to start our day. It is a small free museum, but it’s super interesting. Loved all of the film memorabilia. We also went for a coffee on campus before catching the bus back to the city centre. Would recommend a visit.
Written 26 April 2024
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Aled
Chwilog, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very disappinting experience. Lack of things to see and do. We only managed to stay around 2 mins before leaving. Did not see a single member of staff
Written 26 August 2023
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