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Collection Summary

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Geology Collection
The geology collections comprise extensive groups of Devon palaeontology; small collections of mainly Devon rocks and a small worldwide collection of minerals.
There is an extensive and important collection of palaeontology, mainly Devonian fossils and Pleistocene mammals. The latter largely derive from the Devon cave sites.
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Location Details

Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road Torquay TQ1 1HG
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01803 293 975
01803 294 186 
Building Information
The museum building was purpose-built in 1874, and opened in 1876; and is a grade II listed building. The architect was William Harvey Jnr. It is a fine example of Venetian-Gothic architecture featuring terra-cotta figures designed by John Philip, creator of London's Albert Memorial; and a glass lantern roof which illuminates the upper galleries.
Collections Overview
This is Devon's oldest museum. It is a local history museum for Torquay and its locality which also holds other important collections, particularly in the natural sciences.
Display Overview
There are wide-ranging displays about the geological, natural, archaeological and local history of the area and further afield; about Agatha Christie; and the Devon regiments.
Star Objects
Human jaw bone from Kent's Cavern; Egyptian coffin
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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