Due to the current lockdown in the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic we are not able to reopen our galleries as planned at the beginning of 2021 and are closed until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience and please refer to this site for further information.
We are still able to offer research visits to our reading room, although access is very limited. You can find more details here and you can email us for information on whether this is possible. We will also be able to help with email enquiries.
Usual Opening times (not applicable at the present time): Before the pandemic the museum galleries were open 10am-5pm 7 days a week
We are open on Bank Holidays, except between Christmas and New Year when the building is closed. This year we will close at 3pm on Monday 23 December 2019 and re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020.
The lower gallery will also be closed until 2pm on Tuesday 10 December as usual for a student film event.
At weekends and bank holidays Curatorial staff are not available, although the galleries are monitored by security staff.
Research facilities are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm by prior appointment, except for bank holidays when they are closed. See below for more details.
Tours: It may be possible to arrange a tour of the galleries. Please contact us in advance for information. Tours are only available on weekdays for five or more people and we prefer them to be in University vacation time if at all possible. If you wish to organise a school visit more details are here. If you are bringing a large group, even if you don't want a tour, then we would be grateful if you could let us know in advance of your visit.
Contact us: You can contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 01392 724321. Curatorial staff are not here on Saturday or Sunday but the galleries are open for you to visit.
Disabled Access: We have a disabled parking space and there is ramp access into the museum and a lift that will accomodate all but the very largest wheelchairs between the two galleries. We would advise wheelchair users to come by car as the road up to the museum from Prince of Wales Road is cobbled. You can contact us for more information.
There are virtual panoramas of the Upper Gallery and the Lower Gallery which you can see by clicking on the links below:
How to find us
The museum is located in the Old Library building on the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus. Research and learning facilities including the Museum, the University Special Collections and library and study facilities are located in the building.
To visit The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, follow the signs for the city centre from A30/A38/M5 and then follow signs for the University. The Old Library is situated half way along Prince of Wales Road, adjacent to the University Chapel. You will see a large sign for the museum by a turning circle - follow the signs up the hill.
Pay and display parking is available along Prince of Wales Road but please be aware that spaces are limited during term-time. There is a designated parking space directly outside the Museum for registered disabled visitors, and lift and ramp access is available for wheelchair users. If you are planning to visit during the week in term-time it may be possible to arrange a permit for parking outside the museum - please email us. At weekends and in the vacations you may be able to park outside the museum in any case.
For public transport users, the 'D' bus service runs at regular intervals between the University and the city centre; if travelling from the city centre get off the bus by the Queen's Building. The University is just a short walk from both Exeter St David's and Exeter Central Stations.
A more detailed map of the University campus can be found on the University of Exeter website.
Researching the collections
Items from The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections are available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, situated in Research Commons, Old Library. The reading room is open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm (except Bank Holidays and between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day).
Our catalogue can be searched by going to the 'Explore the Collection' pages. You can then contact us with details of the items you would like to see by email. The catalogue has a function to create a collection and you can email a link to us or just list them in your message. Please quote the item number (for example #23651) that is found with each catalogue entry. Send your collection with the time within our opening hours that you hope to arrive at the Special Collections Reading Room. We will only get back to you if there is a problem, otherwise assume that material requested will be ready for you at the appointment time you requested.
Please email requests in advance to [email protected] or phone 01392 724321.