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Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

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The Gothic revival architecture of Royal Albert Memorial Museum houses such a large collection of art and artifacts that only a small part of it can be exhibited at any one time. This vast collection is divided into four major sectors: world cultures, art, antiquities, and natural history. Two highlights are Percy Sladen's echinoderms and the costume and textile collection, which makes sporadic appearances in the galleries due to the fragility of the fabrics. Ask for a guided tour of the halls to get the backstory on the building and the artifacts housed there. Check out the website under the "Something Extra" tab for quizzes about the museum's collection. These quizzes can be bought at reception, but they can also be downloaded for free prior to your arrival. Plan to visit Royal Albert Memorial Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Exeter attractions using our Exeter travel itinerary planner.
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  • What a fantastic museum with loads to see .animals species of birds lots more well worth the visit and it is free  more »
  • This museum is excellent, a real gem,we loved the Exeter through time exhibit,and also the Giraffe, a very enjoyable visit.  more »
  • I took a class here for an afternoon visit. It was brilliant, wish we could have stayed for the day! Helpful staff, clean and a range of exhibits to see.  more »
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  • Our 5 year old loves this place. Its free but we always donate, because for a small city the content is amazing. Kids can choose a bag to wheel around with constumes etc. Great for a rainy day.
  • A fabulous museum with costumes that match those in the V&A and a great eclectic mix. Always something new to see. Staff are friendly and cafe serves delicious, reasonably priced food although it is such a shame it isn't located above ground, next to the park.
  • Small but has a lot of variety. Thoughtfully laid out museum with some amazing pieces. Free but there is a suggested donation of £5 (though they are pretty unobtrusive about asking for the donation -- donation boxes are in several places but no one specifically asks).
  • It has a very eclectic collection, Which is distilled and detailed well. I understand that there are regular changes to the exhibits as well. Oh, and it's free to enter!
  • Child friendly. Small collection but very enjoyable. Friendly staff. Fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

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Where to stay in Exeter

Quayside lodging provides access to restaurants and pubs with a hip, urban vibe. Exeter's city center is dotted with both boutique hotels and hotel chains that are near shopping and museums. Consider a B&B near the Exeter Cathedral for a peaceful and scenic stay close to the city's main architectural attraction.
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