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Bakelite Museum

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Warm welcome despite it being packed away.

We were very lucky to have met Patrick and his fellow helpers who were packing up and cataloguing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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It brought back memories

I was delighted to visit this wonderful museum with my husband Terry who joined Bakelite Xylonite... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Harlow, United Kingdom
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“old mill”(28 reviews)
“cream tea”(10 reviews)
“scones”(9 reviews)
Scramble, scramble! The last chance to see this fabulous collection of vintage plastics and everyday objects from the Bakelite era at Orchard Mill, a beautiful 18thC watermill in the Somerset countryside. Parking, gift shop. Open 10.30 - 5 until...more
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Orchard Mill | Bridge Street, Williton TA4 4NS, England
+44 1984 632133
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were very lucky to have met Patrick and his fellow helpers who were packing up and cataloguing the huge collection until it finds a new venue in 2019. Despite this they had time to talk and we were able to walk around the still...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was delighted to visit this wonderful museum with my husband Terry who joined Bakelite Xylonite employment in the 1970s, and recognised some of the signatories on the old company letters that are on display. It brought back fond memories of my grandmother who used...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

One man’s collection (obsession?) with EVERYTHING Bakelite displayed in an interesting old mill. I ALWAYS take new visitors to see this unique collection.

1  Thank Robin W
Reviewed 1 August 2018

This is a SUPERB museum with an adjacent, excellent, cosy tea room serving tasty cakes and cream teas. Such refreshment may also be had at the tables in the garden which includes a shady corner. There are an incredible number of interesting and fascinating artefacts...More

1  Thank UKTerry
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

I loved this museum. It’s my kind of place; an eclectic mix of stuff you never knew needed a museum. We had no plans to go but passed the brown sign on the main road in Williton on the way from the M5 to Minehead....More

1  Thank neddyb1
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Absolutely fascinating - choc a block with all kinds of memorabilia. Due to close in a few weeks at they are moving to Weston Super Mare.

Thank suzyblue31
Patrick C, Owner at Bakelite Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thanks, Suzy! Yes, the museum will be relocating, so we want to encourage people to come by the end of August to catch it in its current beautiful setting.

Reviewed 8 July 2018

Welcomed by Patrick with a joke (I won't spoil it!). Lovely situation but very quirky barn and tea room. Vast collection of Bakelite items and those with Bakelite parts eg handles on kettles. Patrick is very interesting and an excellent host. A must if you...More

Thank JackCotterill
Reviewed 2 July 2018

After walking from the train station in Williton, through the village, and down a quiet country lane, it is hidden away a bit. We arrived, and was greeted by the owner, paid our admission fee (£5) and went in to look, WOW! There is a...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This museum is a true gem and is wonderfully eccentric. People going expecting a modern museum will be disappointed but those looking for something quirky and individual in these homoginised times are in for a treat.

Thank Ilbuono10
Reviewed 23 June 2018

All set out in an old mill in a higgledy piggedly fashion which makes it even more attractive. So much to see. How it all brings back memories of times gone by. Have to climb wooden ladders to get to upper floors but each floor...More

Thank Janet H
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Sue B
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Probably family crisis .lovely owners best to telephone it's a lovely collection seto in beautiful county side