Housed in a Regency cottage in the town centre, Sidmouth museum is the starting point for many guided walks and tours of the town and its surrounding coastline, and it houses some intriguing artefacts from the town’s past.
The Sidmouth Museum portrays the history of the town from its early days as a fishing village to its days as a bustling and fashionable Regency and Victorian resort. The museum prides itself on offering something for all ages and you’ll find activities and events to bring the artefacts to life for children during the holidays.
There’s an emphasis on Sidmouth’s place on the Jurassic Coast, so you can expect to see local fossils and rocks amongst the displays that date back millions and millions of years (some all the way back to the Triassic period). The Land and Man room packs in 240 million years of geological history, and the interactive display of the Jurassic Coastline helps visitors to grasp the mindboggling timescales of the scenery outside.
The museum is found in one of those cottages that appears modest from the outside but seems to be far bigger once you’re inside, and the exhibitions make a great way to learn more about Sidmouth before enjoying a holiday in the area. The museum’s small size means it has an informal feel to it and it marks events and anniversaries throughout the year.;
Address: Hope Cottage, Church St, Sidmouth EX10 8LY