Torquay Museum


Torquay Museum is a grand Victorian Museum of local history and artefacts with a gallery dedicated to Agatha Christie.

Torquay Museum’s aim is to safeguard, collect and preserve those objects relating to Torbay’s cultural and historic heritage and to present them in an accessible and relevant form as a source of inspiration, enjoyment and learning for everyone. Torquay Museum aims enhance the lives of people and lead to a greater understanding of past human cultures and natural environments.

The Museum houses several collections of considerable scientific interest. The Ogilvie Store is equipped with a roller racking system that holds in excess of 150,000 specimens, in a dehumidified environment. This is by far the largest collection in the Museum, and includes, insects, plants, shells, birds, reptiles and mammals, with approximately 6,000 geological samples. Many important local collections are housed here such as the Griffiths collection of seaweeds and algae, and the Ashe collection of British beetles, but the store also holds many thousands of exotic and tropical species especially insects and shells. 

  • Natural History
  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Egypt
  • World Cultures
  • Palaeontology
  • Social History
  • Ceramics

There is also a shop and tea-room.


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  • 529 Babbacombe Road
  • Torquay
  • Devon
  • TQ1 1HG