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“Well worth a visit”

Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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3-Day Highlights of Southwest England Small-Group...
Ranked #1 of 124 things to do in Exeter
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Owner description: Exeter's world-class museum has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter's rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the world cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and bank holidays. Free Admission. From time to time galleries may be closed for special events; please check before traveling.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

First visit since the refurbishment. We made the mistake of entering from the gardens into 1/2 empty rooms but the rest of the museum is very good. I particularly wanted to see the items from Kents Cavern Torquay and I wasn't disappointed. History of Exeter/Devon also good. Shame that some large collections - e.g. butterflies aren't fully labelled.and the 'maps' of where to go aren't detailed enough.

These are minor moans about a very good museum which should be visited.

Thank creakingbones62
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"stuffed animals"
in 58 reviews
"natural history"
in 27 reviews
"all ages"
in 93 reviews
"eclectic collection"
in 13 reviews
"roman wall"
in 30 reviews
"free entry"
in 54 reviews
"rainy day"
in 55 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 23 reviews
"on display"
in 32 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 41 reviews
"nice cafe"
in 22 reviews
"the ground floor"
in 24 reviews
"few hours"
in 37 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 49 reviews
"lovely building"
in 12 reviews
"visiting exeter"
in 20 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 15 reviews

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This lovely small museum is close by the railway station so access is easy. It has a good collection of items from the whole period of Exeter's history (over 2000 years) together with natural history, fossils etc. It's small & compact due to space restrictions but quality is good and with recent updates it is very well explained and presentation is brought up to date. It's also much more child friendly - recently took 5&7 year old nephews and they loved it! Worth mentioning that access is free also

Thank Phil C
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I love this museum and the way it's been sympathetically brought into to 21st century - it well deserves last year's Museum of the Year award. For what was a collection erring decidedly on the parochial Victorian model of exhibiting, this has been turned into a fresh child-friendly experience with enough interaction and variety in interpretation to keep most busy for several hours. Other reviewers have mentioned the surfeit of stuffed animals, and the sheer volume collected (shot) by Charles Peel in the 1800s is staggering - in these more enlightened times I think the museum does a good job of explaining how the collections got to be there, and I do think it's important that this unsavoury aspect of historical collecting isn't shut away. Besides which, it is fascinating seeing the immensity of an elk looming over you, and Gerald is an icon. All in all, an excellent visit.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This museum has got a little bit of everything, which may not be to everyone's taste, but it's well-done and beautifully presented. It was purpose-built a century ago, but has been very impressively modernised. My preference would be for a bit more art (just one temporary room when I visited) and fewer stuffed animals. But it was very nice to wander round (and free!).

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Right in the heart of Exeter, just a few minutes from the Central Station. Free entry, lovely building, and lots to see, with a decent cafe and helpful staff on hand.

Thank SPardoe
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