Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe Museum,

Ilfracombe Museum began its life in the old laundry of the magnificent Ilfracombe Hotel. Our first curator, Mervyn Grove Palmer, retired to the town after spending the early 1900’s travelling in South America collecting for major museums. He had several species named after him and wrote two books about his expeditions.

The museum opened on the 1st August 1932 with a collection, much of which was natural history, donated over the previous year from local people. Over twelve hundred visitors arrived on our opening day. Admission was free until 1941 and during the war the museum ran an education programme for local children and evacuees.

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