Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum

With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes. Packed with artefacts the displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and depict life past and present in the town and notably tell the story of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway line.

A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in album form or on the PC. Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities just for them,such as dressing up outfits,brass rubbing and the new cygnet trail.This years display features 'A Dawlish Childhood' and what it was like growing up in Dawlish over the past 100 years.

  • Great Storm Display

    The 'Orange Army' under attack from the huge waves during the storm of 2014. The Great Storm exhibition has rolling video and pictures telling the story of the storm and it's aftermath.

  • A Dawlish Childhood

    What it was like growing up in Dawlish over the past 100 years.

  • Library

    Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on Sword Beach , D-Day 1944. The library houses a huge collection of old and new photos of Dawlish as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.

  • Dolls House

    Restored to full working order for the new season the Dolls House or 'Little Higher Acres' is sure to delight both young and old with its minute attention to detail.

  • Bygone Kitchen

    This beautifully re-created bygone kitchen displays all the mod cons of a former age, including a black leaded kitchen range and many other artefacts.

Admission & prices

Open from May to the end of September.
Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admission 16.15pm
Please note Wednesday 23rd May we shall be closing early at 3pm in order for all our members to attend our Annual General Meeting.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
(Please note we are normally closed Mondays
and Tuesdays but are open every day in August.)

Adults - £2
Concessions - £1
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) only £5
and valid for a full 7 days with Free return entry.

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  • Dawlish Snow Photo Competition

    Dawlish Snow Photo Competition

    Did you or a friend take an amazing photo of the recent snow in Dawlish or Dawlish Warren? We'd love to see it and why not enter our new competition and you could win £25......

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  • Mothers Day Items For Sale

    Mothers Day Items For Sale

    With Mothers Day just around the corner why not pop in to the museum on a Tuesday or Friday morning and take a look at our handcrafted items at great prices......

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to Ground Floor and wheelchair friendly toilet facilities. Stair lift to First Floor and spare wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden. (Steps down to garden but side gate can be opened upon request )

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace

T: 01626 888557
E: info@dawlishmuseum.co.uk

Our videos Click on the play button below to view our videos


Interview with Piper Bill Millin

The interview gave Piper Bill a chance to describe the happenings at Sword Beach during the D Day Landings

Name Time
1 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 1 3:33
2 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - part 2 3:57
3 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 3 4:11
4 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 4 3:30

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Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace