The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

University of Exeter, The Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, DEVON, EX4 4SB

Tel: 01392 724321

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The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum


A museum dedicated to the audience's experience of the moving image.  Explore the visual culture from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is an ACE Accredited public museum dedicated to our experience of the moving image. Visitors can explore popular visual culture through exhibits of toys, artefacts, images and memorabilia from the seventeenth century to the present day.

It is home to one of the largest collections of material relating to the moving image in Britain. We are both an accredited public museum and an academic research facility and we hold a collection of over 75,000 items. Over 1,000 of our items are on display, and everyone is welcome to visit our galleries seven days a week (except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year) and our research facilities are open to all each weekday.

Leading film critic Mark Kermode visited the museum in Summer 2017 and made this film about us for his 'KermodeUncut' video blog.

The internationally renowned collection ranges from shadow puppets to the golden age of Hollywood, from magic lanterns to Mickey Mouse, and from the first cameras to make films to merchandise from the latest blockbusters.

There is something for everyone to enjoy and we welcome individuals, families and groups.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • dave l
      Exeter, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great place
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 9th November 2017
      Great place to visit for all ages , it shows you all about the moving picture business from its earliest days . Read full review
    • JeffTheChairman
      Exeter, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 8th February 2018
      Tucked away within the Old Library at the University of Exeter this is a hidden gem Some amazing nostalgic exhibits with things to interest all the family Not huge but well worth a visit Read full review
    • Luke B
      A hidden gem.
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 26th July 2018
      The exhibition is larger than I originally thought with all sorts of paraphernalia which allowed me to compar the orginal King Kong aninst the more recent Peter Jackson vision. It goes right back to... Read full review


    Road Directions

    From the A30 / A38 follow the signs from the city centre, once in the city centre then follow signs for the University. The Old Library is situated half way along Prince of Wales Road, adjacent to the University Chapel.

    Public Transport Directions

    Stagecoach Bus 'D' from Exeter city centre. 10 minutes walk from Exeter St David's train station - follow signs for the University.



    • Accept Children over 7


    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Children & Infants

    • Accept Children Over 3

    Establishment Features

    • Toilets

    Event Facilities

    • Free Entry

    Key Features

    • Approx length of visit - 60 minutes.
    • Indoor Attraction
    • Max group size - 30
    • No Smoking Attraction

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge)

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups
    • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

    Opening Times

    Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

    * Closed Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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