Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) holds significant and diverse collections in areas such as zoology, anthropology, fine art, local and overseas archaeology, and geology. Altogether the museum holds over one million objects, of which a small percentage is on permanent public display. Four major collection areas are represented: antiquities, art, natural history and world cultures. The world cultures collections are Designated as being of national and international significance by the UK government. The study of Percy Sladen; his collection of echinoderms is one of the most significant outside any national collection. The museum's zoology collection includes specimens of invertebrates and mammals from across the world. Percy Sladen's collection of echinoderms is held by the museum and considered the most important of its kind outside of any national collection. The costume and textiles collection of the museum is considerable; according to the University of Brighton, they "must rank as one of the most important collections outside London". Due to the delicate nature of these materials, the collection is not on permanent display.
RAMM's art collection comprises over 7,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, representing important British artists and emphasising RAMM's location in the South West. Significant artists represented in the collection include Gainsborough, Reynolds, Pompeo Batoni, Richard Wilson and Joseph Wright of Derby; Walter Sickert, Barbara Hepworth, John Nash, Edward Burra, David Bomberg and Patrick Heron. Assistance dogs are welcome at the museum. The staff will be happy to provide drinking water for your dog. Wheelchair access on site: There are two lifts in the museum. The lift at the Queen Street entrance operates between ground and first floors and the garden entrance lift also provides access to the Case Histories gallery viewpoint and the Roman wall. There is level access on each floor with ample space to manoeuvre between displays. Some doors open automatically. There are accessible toilets on both levels. Hearing loops have been installed at both receptions, three exhibition galleries and in meeting rooms A and B. A portable loop is available and can be used throughout the museum for groups of three. There is a handheld audio tour of key objects designed for visitors with visual disabilities on iPod Touch. The tour is free but they require a refundable credit card deposit. Tours are available for groups up to 15 for £40, must be booked in advance.
Location : Queen Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX
Transport: Exeter Central (National Rail) 100m. Bus Routes : 6, 23, 173, 359, 360, 366, D, H, M and X stop close by.
Opening Times : Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.
Tickets : Free
Tel: 01392 265858