Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

4.5
#2 of 109 in Museums in Devon
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 trip itinerary website .
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  • This museum is very small and the exhibition of the collections is exposed without a logical order. A mix of everything from ceramics to clothes, from Roman finds in agricultural implements or manifatturiueri of 1800. There are some interesting news and Roman remains (complete with a flood of coins) are perhaps the most interesting. Downside: children are welcome and can make as much noise as they want, so the Museum becomes a noisy kindergarten. This made the Museum a definite hell and this is quite normal. The entrance is free
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  • Small museum that came as a pleasant surprise. Interesting art and natural history portion regarding Victorian marine biology- this was good. Old collection of stuffed animals and cultural exhibits - ...  more »
  • Could have spent a lot longer here than the hour we did. Eclectic collection with something for everyone, beautifully laid out. Temporary exhibition was fascinating.  more »
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  • Beautiful exhibition featuring anthropological artefacts from all over the world. The Egyptian mummy is also very impressive. Some of the Devon history exhibit could be rethought: only so many sets of cutlery can tell us about the past.
  • Great museum. Kids found a lot to look at. Some really interesting exhibits.
  • Excellent museum, we were here for 2 hours but could easily have spent another hour here. Lots of exhibits and very child friendly.
  • Beautiful museum. Great friendly people and some fantastic treasures throughout. Lots for the kids to do. Awesome exhibitions and finely curated galleries.
  • Great way to lose a few hours with my 4 year old. She loves the giraffe and there's plenty of interactive items/activity bits for her to play with. Plus it's free!!

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