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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

Evening opening for viewing and Christmas shopping

When: 05 December 2014
Where: Sidmouth Museum

The Museum's annual evening opening as part of Sidmouth's late night shopping.  

All the displays and exhibitions will be available for viewing, giving the public a last chance to view this year's "specials":  The Connaught Connection, linking the Norman Lockyer observatory with the Duke of Connaught; Conan Doyle in Devon, "From Fortfield to Sanditon" - the development of one of Sidmouth's famous landmarks.

The shop is well stocked with a large array of locally published books and a wide range of interesting Christmas presents suitable for all ages.

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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

  • Twitter

    12 June 2014

    The museum is now on Twitter. Follow us @SidmouthMuseum, more

  • 2014 events

    11 June 2014

    The museum has loads of exciting events for all ages coming up over the summer. Ever 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