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Address: Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
Phone Number: +44 1271 863541
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A local independently-run museum with an eclectic flavour, Ilfracombe...

A local independently-run museum with an eclectic flavour, Ilfracombe museum has eight rooms filled with treasures. We have natural history specimens from around the world and plenty to see about Ilfracombe's past. Come and experience a museum that is unique and family-friendly. Children can explore our insect, bat and spider specimens, have a go at a dinosaur quiz, or send Morse code messages. Try your hand at brass rubbing, or browse our great value gift shop. We also have extensive photographic and family history resources for Ilfracombe. Our museum is a perfect all-weather attraction and can be easily accessed by wheelchair. Pay parking adjacent at the Landmark theatre. Children under 16 FREE, £3 for adults, £2.50 concessions.

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Pleasantly surprised!

Spent 2+ hours at The museum. A real pot purri of things to see. Enjoyed militaria, videos of local boat life and Palmer collections. Worth. £3 entry

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jacqueline W
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent 2+ hours at The museum. A real pot purri of things to see. Enjoyed militaria, videos of local boat life and Palmer collections. Worth. £3 entry

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Thank Jacqueline W
Bath, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As other reviewers have said, this is a quirky, fascinating museum. Definitely worth a visit - everyone will enjoy the weird mix of exhibits and will say, "Mum/Dad/Gran has one of those"!

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Thank Saturday_Club
Eastern England
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating small museum with an eclectic mix of exhibits. Interesting room devoted to Lundy Island, lots of cameras, old radio and Morse Code equipment, drawers full of "beasties", some beautiful clothes, prams etc etc. Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Worth a visit.

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Thank Polestar46
North East England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Staff were very informative and friendly ,it wasn't like the usual don't touch museum ,,,everything was easily seen and had great explanations of what and where they were from,also draws to pull out to explore hidden items ..thoroughly enjoyed this visit ....️lovely little gift shop also attached

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1 Thank amanders2016
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful little museum that puts so much into a little building. I thoroughly enjoyed here, the volunteers were so helpful and gave our godchildren activity sheets which they thoroughly enjoyed. A thoroughly interesting in site into the history of the area and the people. Would defiantly recommend here for a visit!

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1 Thank Nathan P
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My fiancé convinced me to go to the museum on a lovely sunny day when I was keen to get to the beach... however, I was really surprised to enjoy it and learnt a lot about a lot of things. They have some great collections both from the local area and a lot further afield. Lots of interactive stuff too.... More 

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1 Thank Jennie C
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was bigger than it initially looks. We arrived in the rain and were looking for shelter. There are several rooms on different themes and all have lots of local information and artefacts (except a room I did not go into - more exotic - a quick glance alluded to stuffed snakes so I decided to look at the... More 

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1 Thank sillyvixen
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum that is as museum should be. A host of interesting and intriguing objects to explore without dramatic 'interpretation' that has ruined so many other museums.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a lovely hour here reminiscing. Quirky objects from pickled bats to irons, saucepans and clothes! Would have liked a bit more on the history of the town and if they got rid of the gift shop they might have the room to do it - but that's a minor quibble and I would certainly recommend a visit.

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1 Thank JohnUK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most muddled collection of exhibits I have ever seen in a musuem. However it was incredibly interesting and a great way to spend an hour or two. It was fairly cheap and well worth a visit.

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