Torquay Museum will be celebrating Agatha Christie’s birthday in style this year when it opens its doors exclusively for a special Christie Mystery Day, packed with events for fans of the Queen of Crime, on Sunday 16th September.
More than 130 tickets have already been sold and a limited number are still available, for £30 each, which includes a buffet lunch. Guests will be able to watch five rarely seen classic film adaptations of Christie novels, listen to seven seldom heard radio plays, fascinating talks by five Christie experts, and a Special Mystery Event which will round off an enjoyable and sociable day for Christie fans. The Christie Mystery Day will be launched by Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard.
There will also be special Museum tours and access to the Christie Gallery, which includes furniture, props and costumes from ITV Studios’ adaptations of the Poirot stories, some of Christie’s personal effects, and a wealth of information about the world’s best-selling author of all time.
Additionally there will be a mini exhibition of recently donated Christie memorabilia, on show at Torquay Museum for the first time, and there will be hundreds of Christie books on sale from the Museum’s shop.
The Christie Mystery Day has been devised by noted Christie expert Dr John Curran and will form part of the official International Agatha Christie Festival’s Birthday Celebration. Tickets are selling fast, with a very limited number still available at £30 each, including a buffet lunch. They can be purchased by contacting Torquay Museum’s ticket desk between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, tel: 01803 293975. Profits from this fundraising event will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to care for its internationally renowned collections, including Britain’s only Agatha Christie Gallery.
To complement the Christie Mystery Day, Torquay Museum will additionally host a fully interactive Ancient Egyptian Murder Mystery event during the evening, called the Curse of Amenhotep. A priceless Egyptian artefact has been stolen – the Stone of Amenhotep. A murder has been committed. Is this the infamous Curse of Amenhotep or is it a robbery gone wrong? Teams of guests will work against the clock to sift through the evidence and clues scattered across the Museum’s dimly-lit galleries, piece them together and solve the mystery.
Tickets for this very popular murder mystery are strictly limited and are available at a cost of £25 for a two hour experience. There will be two time slots available – 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm – 10.30pm. Book your tickets by contacting Torquay Museum on 01803 293975.
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