Torquay Museum

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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.

Facilities

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe / Restaurant
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • Gift Shop
  • WC
  • Wifi Connection

Opening Times

OPEN:  MONDAY - SATURDAY 10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry at 3.00pm)  

CLOSED:  SUNDAYS, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY and NEW YEARS DAY - 

OPEN:  MONDAY - SATURDAY 10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry at 3.00pm)  

CLOSED:  SUNDAYS, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY and NEW YEARS DAY - 

Prices

Adult £6.70
Child aged 3 - 16 £4.10
Child under 3 FREE
Concessions £4.90
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £18.90
Smaller Family (1 Adult & 2 Children) £12.90

Pay Once, Get In Free For a Year!

Our standard ticket gives you unlimited entry to the museum for one year! 

Did you know that Torquay Museum has collections of national and international significance? But, as a local museum and registered charity we receive only limited external funding. Your entrance fee helps to ensure that these treasures are safe and accessible for future generations, and enables us to put on exciting exhibitions and events for all

Pay Once, Get In Free For a Year!

Our standard ticket gives you unlimited entry to the museum for one year! 

Did you know that Torquay Museum has collections of national and international significance? But, as a local museum and registered charity we receive only limited external funding. Your entrance fee helps to ensure that these treasures are safe and accessible for future generations, and enables us to put on exciting exhibitions and events for all

Contact Details

529 Babbacombe Road
Torquay
TQ1 1HG

Telephone: 01803 293975
Email: enquiries@torquaymuseum.org
Web: http://www.torquaymuseum.org/homepage

Social Media

Upcoming Events

FATAL FLU: SPANISH FLU AND THE THREAT OF PANDEMIC - Thursday 18 October 2018 to Sunday 24 February 2019

Rapidly spreading and killing millions, the so called “Spanish Flu” of 1918 was the most deadly pandemic in human history. Fatal Flu: Spanish Flu and the Threat of Pandemic, an exciting new project run by Torquay Museum and funded by Wellcome, will explore the personal stories behind this deadly virus and showcase a new and fascinating exhibition.

Striking like a lethal lottery there was no way to predict who would succumb to this killer virus. Although no one knows for sure it has been estimated that around 500 million people were infected by the Spanish Flu and up to 100 million people died.

The pandemic struck in 1918 while the world was still in the grip of the biggest war it had ever known. There was great public grief about the war, and to an extent there still is in the commemorations which are held every year. The flu is thought to have killed more people than both world wars combined but it is not remembered in the same way, possibly partially due to the private nature of grief from an illness.

Wellcome, which funds the Fatal Flu exhibition, exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. They’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. They support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

LECTURE: EXHUMATION OF SPANISH FLU VICTIMS IN THE UK AND ARCTIC CIRCLE - Saturday 05 January 2019

Date: 5 January 2019

“Exhumation of Spanish Flu victims in the UK and arctic circle have helped us to understand the nature of this killer virus”

14:00 - 15:00

A Talk By: John Oxford

Torquay Museum Public Lecture

MORE DEADLY THAN WAR: Spanish Flu & the Threat of Pandemic

John Oxford is the UK's top expert on influenza and Emeritus Professor of Virology at the University of London.  His work on the 1918 strain of influenza (Spanish flu) is world famous.

Tickets cost £4 with a 50% discount to Torquay Museum Society Members & NHS Staff

To Book Call: 01803 293975

Or Email: enquiries@torquaymuseum.org

TRAINING THE AFGHAN ARMY - Tuesday 08 January 2019

Date: 8 January 2019

A Talk By - Alexander Allan

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

Alexander, author of Afghanistan: a Tour of Duty, recalls his time as an officer in the guards in Afghanistan. Expect stories of courage and endurance.

Lectures every Tuesday & Wednesday. 10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members & cost £5 on door to Non-Members

 

HORSES IN ART - Wednesday 09 January 2019

Date: 9 January 2019

A Talk By - Roger Hamilton

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

Society Member, Roger Hamilton, follows up his last year's Pigs in Art with this engaging talk on the horse, an enduring subject in both fine and folk art.

Lectures every Tuesday & Wedneday. (10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members & cost £5 to Non-Members.

LYDFORD & THE STANNARY LAWS - Tuesday 15 January 2019

Date: 15 January 2019

A Talk by - Simon Bell MBE

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

The Dartmoor National Park Guide & author discusses the tin mining laws & envokes the harsh lives of the Dartmoor tinners

Lectures every Tuesday & Wednesday. (10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members & cost £5 on door to Non-Members

DEVON HEDGEROWS - Wednesday 16 January 2019

Date: 16 January 2019

A Talk By - Roger Avery

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

Society member, Roger Avery, shares his knowledge of and enthusiasm for this hugely important and definining feature of the Devon Landscape.

Lectures every Tuesday & Wednesday. (10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members & cost £5 on door to Non-Members.

FLAGS: HISTORY IN THE WIND - Tuesday 22 January 2019

Date: 22 January 2019

A Talk By - Andre Coutanche

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

Flags are powerful symbols of cummunal identity & objects of hugs historical significance. Andre explores the ways in which flags embody historical narrative & shows how a flag may be 'read'.

Lectures every Tuesday & Wednesday. (10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members & cost £5 on door to Non-Members.

COLD WAR WARRIOR - Wednesday 23 January 2019

Date: 23 January 2019

10.45am - 12 noon

A Talk By - Sir Jonathan Tod

Torquay Museum Society Public Lectures

Anyone present at Sir Jonathan's hugely entertaining talk last year, How to Drive an Aircraft Carrier, will not want to miss these tales of his progress from cadet to Deputy Commander-in-Cheif of the Fleet, all delivered with panache, humour & style!

Lectures every Tuesday & Wednesday. (10:45 - 12 noon)

Lectures are free to Torquay Museum Society Members and costs £5 on the door to Non-Members