Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum - a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon's amazing archaeology, geology and people. Detect your way through Britain's only Agatha Christie gallery at Torquay Museum, come face-to-face with North-West Europe's oldest human fossil and explore Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a 2,500 year old mummified boy. Then follow the incredible journeys made by Torquay's famous explorers, from the frozen wastes of the Antarctic to the depths of the Brazilian rainforest.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • CaronIan
    Manchester, United Kingdom234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Excellent museum. Lots to see on all floors. The Agatha Christie exhibition was very informative about her life. Car parking just a short walk from there and cash payment at the machine or by phone. 12 month ticket from the museum if you gift aid it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • KYJ
    Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for Agatha Christie fans--but plan your visit carefully
    This small museum is a must see for Agatha Christie fans. The Agatha Christie gallery has some of the original sets from the David Suchet Poirot series as well as other props. There are also some photos of Agatha Christie which are found nowhere else. Besides Agatha Christie, the museum also has several other interesting galleries, notably one on natural history. Outside the museum is a plaque from the Agatha Christie mile. But plan your visit carefully as the museum is not open everyday and has limited hours--we almost got caught out. The giftshop is well stocked and the cafe was okay, although it is very busy and runs out of food fast. On the plus side, it seems to be a preferred hangout for local Agatha Christie enthusiasts!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Caroline Cunningham
    Torquay, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A seriously huge asset to the town of Torquay.
    Torquay Museum has so much more in it than you'd think looking at it from outside. We spent just two hours in there but we that really only covered three areas but we had no more time. So I was particularly pleased with the Agatha Christie room - personally I feel that Torquay does not make enough of this amazing lady but Torquay Museum has done a fine job. There is also a good selection of her books and books about her available to buy in the gift shop so of course I couldn't resist. Also of particular interest was the Old Devon Farmhouse, very well laid out and such detail. But there really is so much more from Victorian Devon explorers to Devon Geology and coast to marble works and on and on. We arrived early afternoon so we headed to the cafe first for fear it would close before we could get to it and we were glad we did. We had soup and scones, tea and cake and paninis. All very tasty and reasonably priced and the lady running the cafe is lovely. Really friendly. And as another bonus, your ticket purchase allows you unlimited returns for a year. I know that's only really useful if you are a local or frequent visitor to Torquay but still, it's a great thing. All in all, Torquay Museum is one of those 'hidden gems' I suppose but for sure, it's a huge asset to the town and I really want to thank and commend all those who work there, paid and volunteer.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Linda S
    Hythe, United Kingdom314 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    We went up to the museum with a view to see local exhibits and the Agatha Christie display Firstly we paid for two concessions which were £9. 00 each There was definitely a lack of local history exhibits and displays The Agatha Christie exhibition was up on the second floor which I would have thought would be an area more prominent considering she is one of the most famous authors and from Torquay The display was good but I felt there was a lack of Miss Marple information. The gift shop was excellent and the young gentleman in there was really helpful and friendly. Quite disappointed overall
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Sophie T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic!
    My daughter and I went to Torquay museum for the first time as we were tempted by the Science Ninjas event - which was excellent but what was also impressive was the amount of child interactive activities across the museum from brass rubbing to trails! There was also a lovely cafe with delicious home made cakes! The perfect rainy day activity and the ticket enables you to return throughout the year!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2024
  • Lionel T
    Preston, United Kingdom149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Good Local Museum
    An interesting Museum which was not overbearing with information boards. Exhibits were well set out and the displays were varied and so quite a lot to interest for children. Our only critiscm was that some cabinets contained a lot of exhibits but only 5/6 items were explained at the front of the cabinet and some were not easy to locate. Also from a personal point of view, I did not like the exhibit concerning the dating of exhibits. As an elderly person, it was too low down for me view properly and it could perhaps be better presented.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
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Lionel T
Preston, UK149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An interesting Museum which was not overbearing with information boards. Exhibits were well set out and the displays were varied and so quite a lot to interest for children. Our only critiscm was that some cabinets contained a lot of exhibits but only 5/6 items were explained at the front of the cabinet and some were not easy to locate. Also from a personal point of view, I did not like the exhibit concerning the dating of exhibits. As an elderly person, it was too low down for me view properly and it could perhaps be better presented.
Written 11 April 2024
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Sophie T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My daughter and I went to Torquay museum for the first time as we were tempted by the Science Ninjas event - which was excellent but what was also impressive was the amount of child interactive activities across the museum from brass rubbing to trails! There was also a lovely cafe with delicious home made cakes! The perfect rainy day activity and the ticket enables you to return throughout the year!
Written 6 April 2024
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DIANECYMRU
Cardiff, UK247 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Keen to see the Agatha Christie gallery, we walked up the hill to Torquay Museum.
Badly signed, the first 'museum' sign we saw was on the museum itself.
Inside the signs are equally bad, and it took a while to work out where the gallery was - why do people make these things so difficult?
We asked if there was a cafe, answer 'Yes, but it's closed today.'
The gallery itself was a real disappointment, mainly written posters with some nice, but few, artefacts - much better to visit her house.
At £9 each (concessions) we felt this was a very poor experience at a large cost.
And if they really want to attract visitors, they should arrange for the toy train to stop there.
Written 25 September 2023
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PaulaOxted
Oxted, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The museum is worth a visit. The exhibitions are an eclectic group but all in all very interesting.
Written 22 September 2023
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ARI M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A good museum. Very good location. Fun activities. Staff are great. My husband is a history buff. He loved it and says a credit to staff. We needed an hour to take it all in. There is a cafe.
Written 21 September 2023
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Linda S
Hythe, UK314 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went up to the museum with a view to see local exhibits and the Agatha Christie display
Firstly we paid for two concessions which were £9. 00 each
There was definitely a lack of local history exhibits and displays
The Agatha Christie exhibition was up on the second floor which I would have thought would be an area more prominent considering she is one of the most famous authors and from Torquay
The display was good but I felt there was a lack of Miss Marple information.
The gift shop was excellent and the young gentleman in there was really helpful and friendly.
Quite disappointed overall
Written 19 September 2023
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Caroline Cunningham
Torquay, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Torquay Museum has so much more in it than you'd think looking at it from outside. We spent just two hours in there but we that really only covered three areas but we had no more time. So I was particularly pleased with the Agatha Christie room - personally I feel that Torquay does not make enough of this amazing lady but Torquay Museum has done a fine job. There is also a good selection of her books and books about her available to buy in the gift shop so of course I couldn't resist. Also of particular interest was the Old Devon Farmhouse, very well laid out and such detail. But there really is so much more from Victorian Devon explorers to Devon Geology and coast to marble works and on and on.
We arrived early afternoon so we headed to the cafe first for fear it would close before we could get to it and we were glad we did. We had soup and scones, tea and cake and paninis. All very tasty and reasonably priced and the lady running the cafe is lovely. Really friendly.
And as another bonus, your ticket purchase allows you unlimited returns for a year. I know that's only really useful if you are a local or frequent visitor to Torquay but still, it's a great thing.
All in all, Torquay Museum is one of those 'hidden gems' I suppose but for sure, it's a huge asset to the town and I really want to thank and commend all those who work there, paid and volunteer.
Written 16 August 2023
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jj1968
London, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Went in here specifically for Agatha Christie exhibit but found some other treasures and interesting things to look at and do.
Varied subjects in a fairly small building so think you could find something for everyone.
Written 27 July 2023
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KYJ
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This small museum is a must see for Agatha Christie fans. The Agatha Christie gallery has some of the original sets from the David Suchet Poirot series as well as other props. There are also some photos of Agatha Christie which are found nowhere else. Besides Agatha Christie, the museum also has several other interesting galleries, notably one on natural history. Outside the museum is a plaque from the Agatha Christie mile. But plan your visit carefully as the museum is not open everyday and has limited hours--we almost got caught out. The giftshop is well stocked and the cafe was okay, although it is very busy and runs out of food fast. On the plus side, it seems to be a preferred hangout for local Agatha Christie enthusiasts!
Written 24 July 2023
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vin2308
London, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
finally found something about Agatha Christie in the museum. other exhibit were interesting especially Star Wars - Staff friendly and knowledgeable
Written 30 May 2023
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