Dartmouth Museum is a small, fascinating and interesting museum housed in an atmospheric old merchant's house, built in approximately 1640. The Museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings and photographs which can help you explore and develop your interests, whether they be in maritime history, the social and economic history of the town of Dartmouth, or the physical changes to the town over the past centuries.
From the moment you walk through the door you will be transported into the past life of this wonderful town, and begin to understand more about the strong link between the people of the town and the sea. It's a great day out for a wet day or a dry one
The King's Room
It was in this magnificent room that King Charles II was entertained in July 1671, when storms forced him to seek shelter in Dartmouth. The unique and beautiful ceiling and wooden panelling are original and just as the King would have seen them!
The Henley Study
The Henley Room, designed to be interactive and child-friendly, provides an insight into the world of Victorian and Edwardian Dartmouth. Can you find our Erotic Coconut, the Coco de Mer, as presented to William and Kate in the Seychelles in 2011?
The Holdsworth Room
In the Holdsworth Room you can learn more about the lives, at home and at work, during peace time and at war, of the people of Dartmouth. See period costumes, household artefacts and toys belonging to old Dartmothians.
*DON'T FORGET TO OPEN THE DRAWERS TO FIND THE HIDDEN TREASURES!*
Tree of Jesse & reserve items
Like most museums we are unable to show all the items we hold. Those are currently stored in the Jesse Room, named after its unique plaster ceiling portraying the ££Tree of Jesse££ from Matthew Chapter 1. Believed to be the only example of this depiction now in existence.
Admission & prices
Summer (April - End October)
Sunday and Monday 13:00-16:00
Winter (November - End March)
The Museum is closed on 24 &26 December and New Year's Day
Concessions (Seniors) £1.50
Children (age 12-16 £0.50
Children under age 12 - FREE
The entrance to the museum is at the eastern end of The Butterwalk, through a small but well labelled doorway. A large scale map appears on our official web site, click the banner below, then click Directions.
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There is a small gift shop. Items for sale include reprints of photographs in the museum collection.
Access to the museum and Jesse Room can be a problem for the physically disabled due to the design of the building. The museum has therefore produced a DVD giving a virtual tour into Dartmouth's rich heritage and the museum's collection. This can be viewed free in the Dartmouth public library which is close by; it is also available for purchase at the museum.
Access to the Museumm and Jesse Room can be a problem for the physically disabled due to the design of the building. The museum has therefore produced a DVD giving a virtual tour into Dartmouth's rich heritage and the museum's collection. This can be viewed free in the Dartmouth public library which is close by; it is also available for purchase at the museum.
The Dartmouth Museum Association is a registered charity, No. 306635
Please ask at reception to view the Jesse Room'
There are usually two stewards on duty, however in the event there is only one, it would not be possible to leave the Museum unattended but we would be pleased to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for you to return for a viewing.
T: 01803 832923
T: 01803 832923
Dartmouth, DEVON TQ6 9PZ