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Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

(4.5/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Renovations have turned the museum into a muddle - reception is at the back door and is a nightmare to find either from inside or outside the museum. It is hard to find galleries, very uninviting, hav...  more »
  • Only back open a couple of years the museum is well worth a visit if you are in Exeter. It is easy to walk to as it is only approx. 50 yards off the main street 
  • The RAM is a real treasure that is all too often overlooked. I often go in there to relax and invariably come out in a better mood. Lots to see and do for all ages. There is also a great little cafe w...  more »
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  • Amazing museum. Like a national museum shrunk to fit Exeter. Smart and stylish. Excellent exhibits, well explained, cleverly ordered chronologically, from the creation of the universe through to modern times. Good seasonal exhibitions. Nice cafe and outdoor space.
  • Very nice museum. Full of interesting exhibitions, all presented very nicely. Not the biggest museum going so I wouldn't plan a whole day trip around going here, but it certainly made for an excellent introduction to Exeter during my first trip there.
  • Beautifully presented museum., very interesting throughout and the grounds are a must-see. Will definitely be back..
  • A great mix of modern and retro, very clean and calm, I love museums and this exceeded expectations.
  • A great museum and its free. Spend the money saved in the cafe