Ilfracombe Museum help

Formerly the laundry of the magnificent Ilfracombe Hotel, 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 butterflies 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!

Contact Details

Wilder Road Ilfracombe Devon EX348AF

01271 863541

Manager: Sara Hodson

Visitor Information

Nov-March open Tues-Fri 10am-1pm April - Oct open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

Adult £5 Senior/concessions £4 Children under 16 free


Wheelchair access

Reference library



Function space

Public programmes

Membership club


Other Facilities

Brass rubbing available at small extra charge
Research facilities for local history
51.209526 -4.123532 16 Ilfracombe Museum
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