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“Educating”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum
Ranked #16 of 63 things to do in Torquay
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Owner description: 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.
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Educating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

Interesting section on Ancient Egyptians.. very informative and even real mummys & exhibits.

Visited July 2011
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“absolutely fantastic day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2011

we went with 2 9 year old girls and a 2 year old boy, all of which loved the experience! the time we was there was when the sci-fi exhibit was on and although that was an enjoyable exhibit it wasnt the highlight as far as the kids were involved, further in there's an exhibit all about past life in devon and they loved looking 'inside' the old house and seeing what was used before modern day stuff like washer machines etc. i highly recomend taking an hour or too and having a look no matter your age! :)

Visited August 2010
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London
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2011

My wife and I were excited to visit the museum as it had an Agatha Christie Annex.

However, the museum was a disappointment. The Agathan Christie section was lazily displayed. Although the items and quotes from Agatha Christie were interesting, the whole section could have had much more information about her life, where she wrote items etc.

The life on the farm part of the museum was interesting and much better laid out.

The other parts of the museum were dull and frankly the whole experience was not worth the entrance fee. A shame as we really wanted it to be good.

One silver lining is the cafe at the museum - serves very nice tea and coffee and the meals looked good value and tasty.

Visited June 2011
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Barnsley, UK
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“Enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

The main reason for my visit was to see the Agatha Christie exhibition, which includes some of her notebooks, photos, personal items together with a couple of costumes from TV productions of her work (specifically clothes David Suchet wore in ITV's "Poirot" and Joan Hickson's outfit from the BBC's "Miss Marple). The exhibition is nicely presented like the rest of the museum, but like the rest of the museum it's possibly in need of refreshing a little as it's getting a bit tired in places. Also unlike many town museums it's not free admission, but since I really wanted to see the AC exhibition I didn't mind.

The cafe is pleasant and the museum shop is a good place to pick up Agatha Christie books (including old and second hand editions)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Surprisingly brilliant day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2010

I went to the Museum soley for the Agathe Christie exhibition and was very pleasently surprised with the rest of the content inside the Museum.

On viewing the building from outside, it seemed a very small place and so i wasn't expecting many exhibitions but that couldn't have been further from the truth.

The first exhibition, Way of the Warrior, was aimed more at children and had different costumes and weapons from different civilisations throughout history and different wars or battles. They linked these to Hollywood films that had been released on this subject, including, amongst others, Gladiator, 300, The Last Samuri & Kingdom of heaven.
They had manikins dressed in the attire the warriors in question would have worn with props from the films to try on and hold as well as the literature for the grown ups.

The Agatha Chrsitie exhibition was fantastic, a lot of information and a lot of text and quotes from the Author, but a great insight into her thinking behind her novels and her life.

There were also some great exibits from kents cavern and information gathered around the devion area about the rich history throughout the millennia.

A good 3 or so hours spent on a rainy day and was really impressed by each and every exhibit. A lot was aimed to hold the interest of younger children, activities and a like to help them get round, but also a good balance of literature and text as well as artefacts to keep the more grown up visitor entertained.

id definitely recommend it!

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