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Ilfracombe Museum

  • Address: Wilder Road
  • Postcode: EX34 8AF
  • Telephone: 01271 863541
  • About:

    Ilfracombe museum is one of the top-rated museums in the whole of Devon and was awarded a Tripadvisor certificate of Excellence in 2016. We have a fascinating and eclectic collection arranged over eight rooms; there is something here for everyone. We are full of the curious and the wonderful!

    Families and children can enjoy following a quiz around the museum, and there are objects for little ones to handle. There is a ship-to-shore radio station where you can have a go at tapping out Morse code. Many younger visitors are fascinated by the famous two-headed kitten and huge African python, some are not so sure about the cupboard of pickled bats! Adults and children can have a go at brass rubbing too, for a small extra charge.

    Highlights of the collection include drawers of insects and butterflies from Britain and around the world. We have African, Asian and South American exhibits too. Closer to home, find out about Ilfracombe's seafaring past in the Maritime room, and the history of our town in the new Ilfracombe gallery.

    Researchers can access our extensive photographic and newspaper archives, on purchasing a researcher's ticket. The museum has a great value shop stocked with jewellery, children's toys, books and cards, gems and minerals, replica coins and medals.

    Ilfracombe museum is an entirely self-supported charity and your entrance fee directly supports its work. For those who want to have free entry for the year we have a Friends subscription scheme - email or phone for details - and an annual entry ticket is also available.

  • Opening times & hours:

    24th March – 29th October Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

    30th October – March Tues – Friday 10am - 1pm

  • Tickets information:

    Adults - £5.00 Seniors/concessions - £4. Children 16 and under - free.  Annual season ticket - £7.50

  • Directions:

    Nearest major road is A361.  Nearest station is Barnstaple station.