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Sidmouth Museum

"Something for everyone of all ages" is the motto of Sidmouth Museum through its interpretation of Natural History and the Jurassic Coast.

This Regency cottage houses permanent exhibitions illustrating the development of the town from fishing village through Regency & Victorian times. Many famous residents and visitors are commemorated. Local lace and a wide collection of photographs are included in this Tardis like small museum. Annual exhibitions celebrate events and anniversaries both locally and national.

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  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to the ground floor. Computer presentation of first floor exhibits, Jurassic Coast interpretation and local history videos are available on the ground floor.

Public toilets within about 200 yards level ground.

Our Next Event

Singing the Rocks

When: 05 August 2015
Where: Sidmouth Museum

By popular demand “Singing the
Sidmouth Rocks” is back again, with 2 new songs for 2015 to add to
the old favourites. 

Led by geology and music experts and combining
geology with folk music, this is one of the Museum's special Folk
Week attractions. Sidmouth's geology is introduced through some
entertaining (and informative!) geo-songs.

Anyone can take part, and it is free! Learn and sing “Jacob's Ladder's Fault”, “Otter Sandstone”, “The Plate Tectonics Song” and more..... 

The morning session includes an optional ukulele beginners' workshop,
with instruments provided. This year, for the first time, all
(acoustic and portable) instruments are welcomed to accompany the
voices. This most enjoyable and well-established event takes place on
the Wednesday of Folk Week, 5th August. The singing and
playing practice starts at 10 am at the Museum and the geology
walk-and-sing starts at 2 pm.

As always, youngsters are not forgotten - "come and build your own volcano, and then get it to erupt!!

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Our Collections

The collection illustrates the evolving history of Sidmouth from its humble beginnings as a fishing village, through its Regency Period blossoming into the timeless charm that is Sidmouth today.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his adventures in Sidmouth and Beyond

An fascinating exhibition investigating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his adventures in Sidmouth and beyond. Discover Conan Doyle's connections to the local area, his life as doctor in Plymouth and how he came to write the world famous The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his adventures in Sidmouth and Beyond

Sidmouth Long Picture

The original watercolour was painted in 1814 by Hubert Cornish, an Exeter solicitor, for his brother George who was Lord of the Manor of Salcombe Regis. It remained in the Cornish family unti 1971 when it was acquired by the Sid Vale Association - for permanent display in Sidmouth Museum.

Sidmouth Long Picture

WW1 The Domestic Front

A costume display depicting the new and different roles women had during the war. As well as posters from this time and household implements. This is completed by a display of local souvenir items, some of which have kindly been donated/leant to us by local residents.

WW1 The Domestic Front

Sidmouth Lace

This beautiful lace collar was worn by Queen Victoria and is an example of our extensive collection of hand-made lace, widely known as Honiton lace after the nearby town from which the big merchants used to collect their stock.

Sidmouth Lace

Peter Orlando Hutchinson

Sidmouth is fortunate in having its own historian and diarist, Peter Orlando Hutchinson. A Sidmouth resident from 1825 to 1897 who pursued a wide range of interests. His works on geological and archaeological observations remain important.

Peter Orlando Hutchinson
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Our Latest news

  • 2015 Museum Leaflet

    28 March 2015

    Our 2015 leaflet which will give you an idea of some of the events and displays on at the more

  • 2015 Season

    27 March 2015

    The 2015 season kicks off on Saturday 28th March. Napoleon's unintended impact on the more

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Admission & Prices

Opening Times 2014-

29th March to 1st November

Mon: 13.00-16.00
Tue - Sat: 10.00-16.00
Sun: Closed


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Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth Museum
Hope Cottage
Church Street

Sidmouth, DEVON EX10 8LY