Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe Museum

A glimpse of the museum from Runnymede Gardens, which is situated next to The Landmark Theatre on Ilfracombe's seafront. A fascinating place to visit come rain or shine and one of the best value for money attractions in North Devon.

The Main Gallery has drawers of butterflies, beetles and spiders. There are pipes, 20th century ideal home objects, china, items from India, a medical display, pickled two headed kitten and skeleton of a four legged chicken. Lovely gift items and Lundy stamps and coins are on sale in the shop.

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  • Palmer Room

    The Palmer Room is dedicated to the museum's founder Mervyn Grove Palmer and contains items from Africa & South America. Including an 18' python and crocodiles.

  • Maritime Room

    The Maritime Room contains a sea water tank in the summer with crabs,shrimps and anenomes. The ship to shore radio station is popular with children and grandfathers who can still remember their morse code.

  • Social History

    The museum is much easier to visit than to describe. A cross between an Edwardian collector's study and your Granny's attic. Objects you have read about and some you remember from days gone by. Lots of Archives to research including World War one family history photos.

  • Pickled Bats

    Ilfracombe museum houses a rare and extensive collection of native British bat species

  • Exotic Butterflies

    We have a shining collection of butterflies from South America brought back by the museum's founder, Mervyn Palmer.

Admission & prices

Opening Times

WINTER: Nov - Mar: Tue - Fri: 10.00-1.00
SUMMER: From April - Oct: Monday To Saturday: 10.00-5.00, last admissions at 4.30

Admission: Adults £5.00 Seniors & Concessions 4.00 Children up to 16 FREE

Ilfracombe Museum Is an Independent Charity (Reg No: 269379), which is not funded by the Government or Local Authority. We rely on the generosity of our visitors and supporters through admission fees, shop sales and donations.

Your ticket price includes a voluntary donation of 10% to Ilfracombe Museum. If you are a taxpayer, we can claim an extra 25% on top of your admission charge from the Taxman, when you complete a Gift Aid Form.

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

Disabled access with exhibits on one level. Parking in Public Car Park in front of The Landmark. Toilet.
Public parking by the Museum small charge

Gift Shop, Brass Rubbing and Quizzes. Access to Archives, Photographs, Newspapers, Local and Family History. Email, postal and personal enquiries are welcome. Group visits can be arranged. Booked school parties FREE

Runnymede Gardens
Wilder Road
EX34 8AF

T: 01271 863541

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Ilfracombe Museum

Runnymede Gardens
Wilder Road

Ilfracombe, DEVON EX34 8AF