Visit Sidmouth Museum and you will be transported through time from the early days of the Jurassic coastline when dinosaurs roamed our shores to the emergence of the town from a small fishing village to the splendid Regency resort that visitors enjoy today.
A must-see place for any visit to Sidmouth
A must-see place for any visit to Sidmouth. The museum’s two floors have something for everyone. Whether you are interested in geology, social history, maritime adventures, astronomy or just memories from the past, you will enjoy your visit. Permanent exhibits include a costume collection, an extensive lace collection, early paintings, and prints and photographs of the area.
Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site
With Sidmouth’s coastline being part of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sidmouth Museum is the first place of call to learn more about the local geology. The second floor includes many superb relics from the Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. These include mammoth relics, reptile footprints and many local fossils.
Right in the heart of the town
Whether you’re visiting for a week or just a day, make sure you include the museum in your planned itinerary. It’s easy to find, right in the heart of the town. Next to St. Giles Church, at the far end of Church Street and close to Kennaway House. Opening Times are: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm. Closed on Sundays. (Opening times from 1st to 13th November: Monday to Friday 10.00 to 14.00, Saturday 10.00 to 13.00. Closed Sundays). Admission for adults is just £2.50, under 16s and SVA Members enjoy free entry! Unfortunately, given the age of the museum’s building, there is only wheelchair access to the ground floor.
So, not only does Sidmouth have fantastic sea views, lovely beaches, unique little shops, a popular theatre and cinema, it is also lucky enough to have an excellent museum, right in the town centre, supported and run by volunteers.
Definitely worth a visit!