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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


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.

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:

    • jackrobson97
      Exeter, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Really interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th May 2017
      This is a fascinating collection of memorabilia and books on cinema throughout its hundred year pus history. Invaluable for students of cinema and good to visit if you are just a fan Read full review
    • Cornishkaty
      Truro, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Really interesting museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
      I went here when i was waiting for my partner to pick me up. I was pleasantly surprised, it was bigger than I thought and it was very cleverly done. Read full review
    • KMGC01
      Not big but definitely clever
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th February 2017
      Good range of fascinating items from early days of cinema onwards - it is a small museum but will reward a slow stroll around. Good range of interactive stuff in the lower room and it's a pretty... 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

    Event Facilities

    • Free Entry

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

    Key Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • No Smoking Attraction


    • 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

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 60 minutes.
    • Max group size - 30

    Establishment Features

    • Toilets

    Tours and Demonstrations

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

    Opening Times

    Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
    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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