Find out about: Dawlish Museum
The displays in Dawlish Museum are changed regularly and aim to represent life past and present in the town, for example the acclaimed display of the February storms which severely damaged the railway.
Children as well as adults are catered for and there are activities especially for them.
The museum is run by volunteers and is self funding. The artefacts have to be kept to the same standard as those in the British Museum - running costs are therefore high. Some businesses are now providing sponsorship.
There is now a stunning resource for the town in the library. images of the town have been collected and digitized so the public may view them on a screen and even search for a specific place.
Wheelchair access to Ground Floor. Stairlift to First Floor and wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden.
Our Next Event
When: 20 July 2014 to 30 September 2014
Where: Dawlish Museum
The school holidays are here!
There are great new fun things for children to do at the museum. There are outfits to dress up in, a black swan trail to follow, a children's quiz. (those who get the quiz and trail right get to choose a great unique badge) there are pictures to colour and take away, teaparties and a teddy bears' picnic to enjoy. You can test your typing skills and look at the rocks and fossils through a special magnifier.
Adults aren't forgotten either! There is an aclaimed exhibition of the Winter storms, an updated exhibition about Piper Bill and the D-Day landings, and a display linking Dawlish residents to WW1. There is also a brand new display dedicated to Dr Lovely who lived at the museum when it was known as The Knowle and was the doctor's residence and surgery.
There are 11 rooms spread over 3 floors so there is much to see of interest to all ages.
A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is only £5 and can be used again during the following 7 days.
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The Museum is housed in The Knowle which was built in 1805 as a gentleman's residence. There is a tribute to Piper Bill Millin, who passed away in August 2010, featuring his famous D-Day bagpipes and regalia, but also highlights Bill, the family man.
New for 2014 is an acclaimed exhibition of the happenings of the February storms which caused such severe damage to the railway. there is also a tribute exhibition to Dr Lovely who once lived and practiced in the Knowle.
Other displays include a Victorian Kitchen,the Industries Room, Commemorative china displays and dolls and other toys.
This photo shows a postman's penny farthing bicycle, and you can read all about how the post came to Dawlish. You can also use the Victorian post box, c.1871, originally from Oak Hill, to send your own postcards.
In this room you will find the tools of many local trades and services. There is a wonderful collection of sewing machines, such as the Jones dating from 1879. This photo shows the blacksmiths anvil and equipment
The library houses a huge collection of photos of old Dawlish. Browsing the albums,you may find a picture of your house or your street, or even of an ancestor. Photograph shows the bagpipes and regalia of Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops to shore on Sword Beach on D-Day
Our Latest news
Dawlish Museum in the news again
20 July 2014
A big thank you to Mark Carne for the excellent framed montage he presented to the museum....read more
WHAT A SPECIAL DAY!
01 May 2014
Dawlish museum was re-opened for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 26th., As 2014 is the ...read more
Admission & Prices
THE MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 SEASON
Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admissions 16.15pm
Mon-Fri 10-30am to 17.00
Sat &Sun 14.00 - 17.00
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £5 and may be reused during the 7 days following issue.
Dawlish Museum Society
DAWLISH, DEVON EX7 9QH