Whilst we are closed to the public you can explore some of our amazing collections here:


The museum is made up of eight rooms – why not come and explore.

The Main Gallery: The whole family will be intrigued by the variety of displays. Spot items that Granny had & peer into drawers to discover all sorts of treasures including old wedding cake!

The Palmer Room: Named after the museum’s founder, it includes his collection of pottery from South America as well as artefacts & jewellery from Africa & a very large python!

The Costume Room & Bird Gallery: See the display of  Victorian & Edwardian costumes & accessories and the collection of birds from Britain and worldwide. It’s here you can try your hand at Brass Rubbing.

The Home and Work Room: Featuring a cobbler’s shop & a Victorian printing press, this room gives an insight into the daily lives of some local people. Look up for a collection of ‘big game’ taxidermy and peek into the cupboard of British bats!

The Victorian Kitchen & Laundry: Located in the tunnel, which originally led from the laundry to the hotel, you will find a recreated Victorian kitchen, laundry equipment as well as a display of medical artefacts.

The Ilfracombe Gallery: Travel back in time to learn more about the town’s varied history with a range of exhibits from High Street shops, wartime Ilfracombe and Ilfracombe railway station. Find out more about the rise and fall of our grandest building – the Ilfracombe hotel.

The Maritime Room: Step back through time and see how visitors used to arrive in Ilfracombe, with a collection of model ships and steamers. Here you’ll find a ship-to shore coastal radio operating desk – have a go at tapping out a Morse code message.

The Lundy Room: Learn more about the fascinating ‘Puffin Island’. You’ll see examples of Lundy stamps and coins and find out more about Lundy’s special status as a wildlife reserve. Or just rest a while and watch a local video.