• Ilfracombe’s Cultural Heritage
  • Natural History
  • Artifacts from around the World
  • Maritime
  • Victorian Curiosities
  • Model Ships and Steamers
  • Ship to Shore Radio
  • Costume
  • Nostalgia
  • Gift Shop
  • Brass Rubbing
  • Quizzes
  • Curiouser and Curiouser
  • Ilfracombe’s Most Fascinating Day Out
Ilfracombe's great value family attraction-under 16s FREE!

Explore a world of curiosities at our friendly museum.

Museum gift shop - browse our great gift range.

 Ilfracombe museum is overflowing with curiosities and memorabilia. This historic building houses unimaginable finds - from a shrunken head to a collection of pickled bats. First opened in August 1932, the original curator was Mervyn G Palmer, who started it all following his explorations in South America collecting for the British Museum.

The whole family will be intrigued by the variety of displays. Peer into drawers and peek into cupboards; wander through eight different rooms and uncover the museum’s hidden treasures. You won't be disappointed by your visit to one of North Devon's best museums!

There’s more to discover than you’d ever imagine!

Children's quizzes, brass rubbing, gift shop. Disabled access.


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Butterfly collection, originating from South America.

Selection of skulls and bones.

African beadwork.

Military costume.