Find out about: Axminster Museum
Originally the Police Station and Courthouse, the Museum is opposite St. Mary's Church in the centre of Axminster. Visitors may discover the old police cells which have now been incorporated into the Arts Cafe adjacent to the Museum.
The former court room upstairs, houses the majority of the collection. This room hasa model of Weycroft Mill a prominent landmark where the main road from Chard crosses the River Axe on the northern approaches to the town. There are two smaller rooms which have as their theme, Axminster carpets and agricultural and associated trades.
The Arts cafe is adjacent to the museum.
Pay and display car park behind the museum gives easy access.
The Museum is on the first floor and we regret that there is currently no access for wheelchair users.
Artefacts from the two world wars are presented together with an illustrated account of the WW2 US Army Hospital
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The varied collections, ranging from agricultural tools to Axminster carpets and archaeology to old photographs, offer an insight into Axminster's past.
There is a room dedicated to the history of Axminster Carpets, showing the development of carpet-making from the time of Thomas Whitty to the present day.
Part of the Museum's collection reflects the agricultural activity of this small market town.
Until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Newenham Abbey stood 1.5km south of Axminster. There are few remains but the Museum has an exhibit which includes a small collection of floor tiles.
Admission & Prices
1st May to 29th September: Tuesday to Saturday inclusive 11.00am – 4.00pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays
FREE: Donations welcome
The Old Courthouse
Axminster, DEVON EX13 5AQ