Display boards and memorabilia relating to the town during this influential period of its development include porcelain replicas of Queen Victoria’s first pair of shoes.

On Christmas Eve in 1819 Edwards Duke of Kent, his wife the Duchess and their seven month old daughter Victoria arrived at Woolbrook Cottage in Sidmouth. Less than four weeks later the Duke died on 23rd January 1820 following a fever associated with a chest infection.

A crowd of several thousand people watched the funeral procession.

Victoria's first pair of shoes were made by a local cobbler during her stay.

Long Picture

Our most famous painting is the original of Sidmouth’s iconic “Long Picture”, painted by Hubert Cornish in 1814.

“The best of our art” is one of 2016’s special displays and features a selection of the best of the paintings we have added to our colection over the years..


Many famous residents across a wide spectrum of expertise are commemorated. They include 4 Fellows of the Royal Society; Norman Lockyer – the astronomer; Frederick Lindemann – Churchill’s special advisor; Ambrose Fleming – electrical engineer and physicist and Sydney G. Brown, inventor of the gyroscopic compass Also celebrated are Peter Orlando Hutchinson, idiosyncratic antiquarian, and R.F. Delderfield, the author.

Bathing Machines

Old Sidmouth, a wide ranging display.


A comprehensive display of the many and varied lace produced locally. 2017 includes the best of the Museum’s collection and material supplied by the Axe Vale Lace Group.

A weekly demonstration takes place on Thursday morning throughout the season