The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

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The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
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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hedgehog
5 contributions
Jun 2022
Interesting and interactive. There were things you could do and take part in. Its small so It probably wouldn't take you very long to get round it though.
Written 9 June 2022
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TUFC
Dunblane, Scotland105 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
While there is normally a Uni bus unfortunately we visited on the may bank holiday and there were no buses to be found to take us back into town . So check before you make the same mistake we did.we had checked it was open beforehand but not thought to check buses.

The museum is free and is basically one persons collection of memorabilia on the top floor and old magic lanterns and other pre cinema entertainment devices on the lower floor .This was more interesting than the top floor . However it did feel really strange as it's two rooms surrounded by a student library

While there are loos on site we didn't find anywhere nearly to get a coffee
Written 13 May 2022
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runton
england89 contributions
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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wingate
London, UK2,374 contributions
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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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK1,005 contributions
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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jin6x
Chichester, UK1,110 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The museum has many exhibits of magic lanterns and other similar artefacts from the 18/19th C. Lots of memorabilia from the 20th.C.
Written 22 August 2019
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Thanks - we hope you enjoyed your visit.
Written 23 August 2019
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jupiterTorquay
Torquay, UK20 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
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, and which included a talk and guided tour by the curator.
As soon as we walked through the door, I was transported back to my misspent youth growing up in my home city of Oxford,where we had several cinemas in the 1950/1960s.
Quite frankly,I felt a bit a like like Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory, seeing all the superbly assembled and labelled film memorabilia. Our visit was enhanced by the enthusiastic curator, and a surprise visit from Peter Jewell, the surviving co-founder of the Collection of artefacts.
If you are interested in the motion picture industry, whether as a film buff or regarding the development of the technical side, you really should pay a visit.
Written 18 December 2018
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Many thanks, We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It was a pleasure to meet the group. Best wishes Phil
Written 2 January 2019
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ExeterGadabouts
Exeter, UK52 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 through them, what the butler saw - you name it.....

The curator often comes out of his office and explains something you want to know, or points out something you may have missed. For young and old, there is something to fascinate. Visit it.
Written 29 November 2018
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Many thanks! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written 3 December 2018
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boliston
Taunton, UK63 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
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!
Written 19 October 2018
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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
Written 22 October 2018
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Luke B
Ringwood, UK10 contributions
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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