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The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Absolute must for film buffs

Earlier in the year,my wife and I had spotted an article about the Museum in one of the local... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2018
jupiterBodmin
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Amazing. A real treasure - and it's free!

This is one of Exeter's hidden gems. Many people in Exeter have not heard of it, but it is one of... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2018
ExeterGadabouts
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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...more
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University of Exeter, Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB, England
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Reviewed 18 December 2018

Earlier in the year,my wife and I had spotted an article about the Museum in one of the local magazines and vowed to pay a visit. The opportunity to do so came via a meeting arranged by a national cancer research charity within the Museum,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jupiterBodmin
PhilW2258, Curator at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2019

Many thanks, We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It was a pleasure to meet the group. Best wishes Phil

Reviewed 29 November 2018

This is one of Exeter's hidden gems. Many people in Exeter have not heard of it, but it is one of the treasures of the city. It has memorabilia not only of the cinema but its predecessors. Flick books, pictures which change when light passes...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PhilW2258, Curator at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2018

Many thanks! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 19 October 2018

A bit off the beaten track (about a 20 minute walk from the centre) but there are a lot of interesting exhibits here - i had to ask a couple of people for directions but i eventually found it!

Date of experience: October 2018
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PhilW2258, Curator at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Many thanks for coming and glad you enjoyed your visit. You can get the D bus to campus from the City centre. Best wishes Phil, Curator

Reviewed 26 July 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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Phil W, Curator at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thanks for coming Luke, We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 8 February 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank JeffTheChairman
Phil W, Curator at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

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.

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Great place to visit for all ages , it shows you all about the moving picture business from its earliest days .

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank dave l
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest in cinematic history at all, this unexpected little gem is for you. Only two rooms (though other items from the collection can be pre-booked online). Old cinema posters and memorabilia; stereoscopes; magic lanterns from different eras and much more. The...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A really lovely find on a day trip to Exeter. Worth the walk out of the City Centre to the University. Great exhibits full of nostalgia, amazing photographs and interesting info. Our 12 year old son loved it too. Would really recommend it if you...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Really glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Wonderful collection of all things cinema. Thirteen year old son loved it and could have spent a lot longer than we did exploring the beautifully laid out glass cases and hands on exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank moulefamily
Management response:Responded 30 August 2017

Many thanks, Really glad that you enjoyed your visit.

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