Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

4.5
#2 of 75 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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  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • 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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