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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.



240million years of geological development are charted in the Land and Man room together with a modern interactive Jurassic Coast display.

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Facilities

  • 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.

Exhibitions and Projects

  • New Exhibitions for 2014

    29 Mar 14 to 01 Nov 14

WW1 The Domestic Front

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.

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

  • 2014 opening

    11 March 2014

    On the 29th March Sidmouth museum will open for its 2014 season. New exhibitions include d...read more

  • Singalong Geology

    13 October 2013

    Our recent Singalong Geology event was a big success. Roger Trend and his talented daughte...read 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

FREE ADMISSION

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Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth Museum
Hope Cottage
Church Street

Sidmouth, DEVON EX10 8LY