Visit Minehead - visit the Museum - Free Entry – donations very welcome!
Whether you are here for your holidays or living nearby, there is something of interest for everyone, here at our unique museum in The Beach Hotel, opposite Minehead’s Steam Railway station. The museum is now open for the 2018 season.
Experience the fascinating history of Minehead and Alcombe and discover the history of the Hobby Horse, the famous Swimming Pool, The Great Fire, world-famous author, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the Lifeboats and the Pier, which was dismantled in WW2. Plus many other exhibits.
We are pleased that Minehead U3A members have contributed again this year (2017/18) via another ‘Shared Learning Project’ ; the theme is ‘Minehead on the Move’, exploring the ways in which trains, boats, planes and car - and more - have changed the face of the Town.
Download your own museum flyer
with images of many of the items on display.
The museum will be open on Monday 22nd October from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Members of the public as well as Friends of the museum are encouraged to bring items of interest relating to Minehead and/or Alcombe to the museum, either to donate or loan.
PUBLIC LECTURE - Arthur C. Clarke
This year's annual museum lecture will be held in the Beach Hotel on Wednesday 24th October at 7.00pm.
Dr Cherrie Temple will speak with the title 'From Minehead to the Stars'
Tickets at £5 (£3 for Friends of the Museum) available from the museum or Janet Styles (01643 822097)
Latest Museum booklet
Sue Lloyd, a former Minehead Museum trustee, has just published her latest book, MINEHEAD TOWN WALKS - Discover the history of Minehead. The town originally consisted of three parts: Higher Town, where the ancient church was built high on North Hill; Lower Town, which became the shopping and business district, and Quay Town, which grew up around the old and present harbour.
Follow our walks around the present town to discover how Minehead developed from a small fishing and trading port into the popular modern seaside resort of today. From the medieval thatched cottages of Higher Town to the seafarers’ and merchants’ houses by the harbour; from the fine public buildings of the Victorian era to the beautiful Blenheim Gardens, there is something to see round every corner. Come and explore with us the fascinating history of Minehead.
Location & Opening Times
The museum is located within the Beach Hotel, opposite Minehead railway station. Entry is through the Information Centre at the Beach Hotel.
Open mid March to end of October -open every day except Mondays, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, or 11.00 am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Now open on Mondays for the holiday season.
Get Involved/Support us
Minehead Museum is staffed and managed entirely by volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome; to find out more about helping in practical ways call 01643 822097 or e-mail janetstyles(at)btinternet.com
Charity Registration no. 1169355
Beach Hotel Complex