Explore a world of curiosities at our friendly museum. Discover the story of Ilfracombe’s rich history and find objects from around the world. Be amazed at the variety of our collections, from natural history and archaeology, art and photography, costume and domestic history. This historic building houses unimaginable finds – from a shrunken head to a collection of pickled bats to a recreated Victorian Kitchen.. First opened in August 1932 Ilfracombe Museum has eight rooms for you to explore, with almost 28,000 items in the collection including natural history, Victoriana, taxidermy, local history and much, much more. Discover how we came about and learn about future plans. We have exciting plans for the future to enlarge our building so we can display more of our collection and provide more research and educational facilities. An appeal has been launched to raise £10,000 for funding towards the future plans of the Museum.