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The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

University of Exeter, Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB, England
+44 1392 724321
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A HIDDEN GEM

Tucked away within the Old Library at the University of Exeter this is a hidden gem Some amazing... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
JeffTheChairman
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Great place

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

Reviewed 9 November 2017
dave l
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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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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University of Exeter, Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB, England
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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

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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.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

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

Thank dave l
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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

Thank Daniel M
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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

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Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

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

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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

1  Thank Lucie723
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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.

Thank moulefamily
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Management response:Responded 30 August 2017

Many thanks, Really glad that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

I always find it a treat to visit a collection emanating from one persons passion. Bill Douglas had help from Peter Jewell to amass a wonderful collection of cinema (and pre cinema) memorabilia and artefacts. I particularly liked the magic lanterns and appreciated the curator...More

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Management response:Responded 14 August 2017

Really glad that you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks.

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Reviewed 13 May 2017

This is a fascinating collection of memorabilia and books on cinema throughout its hundred year pus history. Invaluable for students of cinema and good to visit if you are just a fan

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Management response:Responded 15 May 2017

Many thanks for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

I went here when i was waiting for my partner to pick me up. I was pleasantly surprised, it was bigger than I thought and it was very cleverly done.

Thank Cornishkaty
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Management response:Responded 15 May 2017

Thanks for your review. Really glad that you enjoyed your visit and seeing our collections.

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Good range of fascinating items from early days of cinema onwards - it is a small museum but will reward a slow stroll around. Good range of interactive stuff in the lower room and it's a pretty impressive collection if you're interested in cinema history....More

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