You could easily spend a whole afternoon in Torquay Museum, and it has so many fascinating collections that by the time you emerge you’ll feel as though you’ve journeyed through era after era and across the globe.
Let’s start with the obvious exhibition, the Agatha Christie Gallery. It’s only right that Torquay Museum pays homage to the life and works of its most famous daughter, and a huge collection of photographs relay the life story of the best-selling queen of crime. Better yet, when filming finished on the Poirot series David Suchet presented the museum with the entire set from the detective's Whitehave Mansions study.
There’s plenty to amaze all would-be adventurers throughout the museum too, including a royal Egyptian coffin and its mummy. The coffin belonged to the son of a queen or king, making it an extremely rare piece and it graces the Museum Explorer’s Gallery.
With prehistoric caves Kents Cavern just up the road it’s no surprise that the piece of human jaw bone from them that it is north western Europe’s oldest anatomically modern human fossil. Now that’s something to tell your friends back at school after your holiday! If you visit on a Friday you’ll have the chance to watch some of time’s greatest movies on the big screen at Classic Film Club. Sit back and relive the greatest films of all time every two weeks at 2pm. Torquay Museum has its own 200 seat cinema so you can enjoy the film in comfort.
The museum dates all the way back to 1844 and it remains engaging for visitors of all ages. There is full disabled access throughout the building.