Museum list

Below find our Devon museums in alphabetical list format

  • A la Ronde

    A la Ronde

    Exmouth

    Individual 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections.

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  • Allhallows Museum

    Allhallows Museum

    HONITON

    Our museum building is the oldest in Honiton with an interesting history.

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  • Arlington Court

    Arlington Court

    Barnstaple

    An intimate and fascinating Regency house set in an extensive estate.

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  • Ashburton Museum

    Ashburton Museum

    Ashburton

    In 1285 by a Charter of Edward 1st Ashburton became a Stannary Town - one of four in Devon.

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  • Axe Valley Heritage Museum

    Axe Valley Heritage Museum

    Seaton

    The museum concentrates on the lower Axe Valley and also includes the adjacent villages of Beer, Axmouth, Branscombe, Colyton and Colyford.

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  • Axminster Heritage Centre

    Axminster Heritage Centre

    Axminster

    Axminster Heritage Centre tells the story of Axminster and its surrounding villages from pre-history, through Roman times, as a busy agricultural market town post its 1210 charter and as an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes.

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  • Ball Clay Heritage Society

    Ball Clay Heritage Society

    Newton Abbot

    The Society was formed in February 2000 to further understanding of the geology, occurrence and properties of the ball clays of Devon and Dorset and to preserve the history and heritage of clay production, transport and use, To that end, the Society is assembling an irreplaceable collection of artefacts, store of archive materials and a range of photographs, films and videos.

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  • Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre

    Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre

    Tiverton

    Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre is located inside the town's Grade 1 listed St Michael and All Angels church.

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  • Bill Douglas Centre

    Bill Douglas Centre

    Exeter

    Founded in memory of the British film-maker Bill Douglas in 1994, this museum on Exeter University campus contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and optical entertainment.

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  • Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life

    Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life

    Bishopsteignton

    We've come a long way! Our museum is quite small but contains a wealth of exhibits relating to the history of the village and its inhabitants.

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  • Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

    Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

    BOVEY TRACEY

    The small museum with a big heart! Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre is situated off the A382 in the old railway station building, which was in use on the branch line to Moretonhampstead for nearly 100 years.

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  • Bradley Manor

    Bradley Manor

    Newton Abbot

    Unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house, still a relaxed family home.

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  • Braunton and District Museum

    Braunton and District Museum

    Braunton

    The Bakehouse Centre was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages to house today's Museum.

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  • Britannia Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College

    Britannia Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College

    Dartmouth

    As the site of officer training for the Royal Navy for over a century, Britannia Royal Naval College in many respects resembles a living museum, not unlike a stately home,in which modern day-to-day life exists in parallel with a rich history and tradition.

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  • Brixham Heritage Museum

    Brixham Heritage Museum

    Brixham

    The Brixham Heritage Museum and History Society was founded in 1958 for the purpose of recording, saving and displaying the heritage of the historic town and fishing port.

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  • Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate

    Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate

    Yelverton

    700-year-old home of Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate.

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  • Castle Drogo

    Castle Drogo

    Exeter

    The 'last castle to be built in England', set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor.

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  • Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

    Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

    Cullompton

    Coldharbour Mill, built between 1797 and 1799 as the first Spinning Mill in the South West, preserves a collection of Victorian spinning frames for the worsted process, and Hattersley looms are still in use to weave knitting yarns, tartan cloth, rugs and stair runners.

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  • Coleton Fishacre

    Coleton Fishacre

    Kingswear

    Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the holiday home of the D'Oyly Carte family.

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  • Combe Martin Museum and Tourist Information Point

    Combe Martin Museum and Tourist Information Point

    Combe Martin

    Combe Martin has a rich history combining unique social customs with silver mining, lime burning, strawberry growing as well as the maritime aspects.

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  • Compton Castle

    Compton Castle

    Paignton

    Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history.

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  • Crediton Area History And Museum Society

    Crediton Area History And Museum Society

    Crediton

    In April 2010 our museum was opened at The Old Town Hall in the centre of Crediton High Street.

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  • Crownhill Fort

    Crownhill Fort

    Plymouth

    Crownhill Fort was built in the 1860s as the centrepiece of Plymouth's North Eastern Defences.

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  • Dartmoor Prison Museum

    Dartmoor Prison Museum

    Princetown

    Unlocking the history of one of England's most famous prisons, Dartmoor Prison Museum reflects the heritage of HMP Dartmoor from Prisoner of War Depot to the present day.

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  • Dartmouth Museum

    Dartmouth Museum

    Dartmouth

    Dartmouth Museum is a small, fascinating and interesting museum housed in an atmospheric old merchant's house, built in approximately 1640.

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  • Dawlish Museum

    Dawlish Museum

    DAWLISH

    With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is most famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes and is packed with artefacts.

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  • Devonport Naval Heritage Centre

    Devonport Naval Heritage Centre

    Plymouth

    The Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts since 1300, including two World Wars.

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  • Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

    Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

    Lifton

    Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

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  • Dunkeswell Airfield Heritage Centre

    Dunkeswell Airfield Heritage Centre

    Dunkeswell

    This Heritage Centre was opened on the 25th September 2016 and houses a substantial photographic collection of over 400 photographs that depict day to day life on the base during World War 2, as well as many WW2 artefacts This base played a major role in the defense of the country's supply lines - The Battle of the Atlantic - and the major deterrent it provided in its search and destroy missions.

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  • Elizabethan House

    Elizabethan House

    Plymouth

    The Elizabethan House is a rare surviving example of Plymouth's history.

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  • Exmouth Museum

    Exmouth Museum

    EXMOUTH

    "a little gem of a place" - Western Morning News---------- Exmouth Museum was first opened in 1985 and is housed in a 19th century building which was the Council Stables together with the adjoining foreman's cottage.

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  • Fairlynch Museum

    Fairlynch Museum

    Budleigh Salterton

    Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK.

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  • Finch Foundry

    Finch Foundry

    Okehampton

    The last working water-powered forge in the country nestles in the middle of Stickelpath village on the edge of Dartmoor, near Okehampton.

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  • Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive<br>[CLOSED FOR WINTER] see Admission and Prices

    Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive
    [CLOSED FOR WINTER] see Admission and Prices

    Great Torrington

    Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive now has a new home, 14 South Street and The Market House, which is the pink, Grade 2* listed property, just above the Pannier Market.

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  • Greenway

    Greenway

    Brixham

    The beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.

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  • Holsworthy Museum

    Holsworthy Museum

    Holsworthy

    The museum is housed in part of a building which is in itself a museum piece; a small manor house dating from the 17th century which was used as a parsonage in 1724.

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  • Ilfracombe Museum

    Ilfracombe Museum

    Ilfracombe

    A glimpse of the museum from Runnymede Gardens, which is situated next to The Landmark Theatre on Ilfracombe's seafront.

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  • Killerton House

    Killerton House

    Exeter

    Fine 18th-century house with costume collection, hillside garden and estate.

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  • Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

    Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

    Kingsbridge

    In the Old Grammar School you find an historic building, a range of collections and a local history archive.

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  • Knightshayes

    Knightshayes

    Tiverton

    Begun in 1869, and a rare survival of the work of the eccentric designer William Burges, Knightshayes is an extraordinary gothic delight, with rich Victorian interiors, with far reaching views of the Exe Valley and Tiverton.

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  • Lyme Regis Museum

    Lyme Regis Museum

    Lyme Regis

    David Attenborough describes the Museum as "A delightful and remarkable museum, a jewel.

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  • Lyn and Exmoor Museum

    Lyn and Exmoor Museum

    Lynton

    A charming small museum with collections of agricultural and domestic tools from Lynton and Exmoor.

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  • Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

    Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

    Parracombe

    Opening in 1898, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon was considered one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow-gauge railways.

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  • Markers Cottage

    Markers Cottage

    Exeter

    A fascinating medieval cob house, containing a cross-passage screen decorated with a painting of St Andrew.

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  • Mortehoe Museum

    Mortehoe Museum

    Mortehoe

    The Museum is run by Mortehoe Heritage Trust, a registered charity managed by local people.

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  • Museum of British Surfing

    Museum of British Surfing

    Braunton

    The Museum of British Surfing - an award-winning visitor attraction in Braunton, near the North Devon coast.

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  • Museum of Dartmoor Life

    Museum of Dartmoor Life

    Okehampton

    Situated within a cobbled courtyard the Museum of Dartmoor Life exhibits over three floors a vast collection of objects relating to life on Dartmoor from the Bronze Age through to the mid-20th Century.

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  • National Trust  Carriage Museum

    National Trust Carriage Museum

    Barnstaple

    The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave.

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  • Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

    Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

    Newton Abbot

    The museum covers a range of aspects of local history, including World War One exhibits and films, the John Lethbridge display telling the story of an 18th century salvage diver, the 16th century Sandford Orleigh carvings , accounts of the lives of Notable Newtonians and the ever-popular Great Western Railway room.

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  • North Devon Maritime Museum

    North Devon Maritime Museum

    Appledore

    The North Devon Maritime Museum offers a fascinating insight into the rich shipbuilding and seafaring history of the area.

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  • Overbecks

    Overbecks

    Salcombe

    An exotic and fascinating hidden treasure perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe.

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  • Park Pharmacy Trust

    Park Pharmacy Trust

    Plymouth

    The trust has its headquarters in Thorn Park Lodge, Thorn Park, Plymouth.

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  • Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

    Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

    Plymouth

    CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT Located close to Plymouth's city centre this exciting regional museum has permanent collections of world cultures, ancient Egypt, archaeology, maritime and local history, natural history, fine and decorative art.

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  • Robey Trust Perseverance Iron Works

    Robey Trust Perseverance Iron Works

    Tavistock

    The Robey Trust , based at the New Perseverance Ironworks, is a charity dedicated to continuing the traditions of the Robey Engineering Company of Lincoln.

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  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    Exeter

    Exeter's world-class museum has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

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  • Salcombe Maritime Museum

    Salcombe Maritime Museum

    Salcombe

    A treasure trove of models, paintings, photographs and artefacts which tell the story of Salcombe's links with ships and the sea from ancient times to the Second World War.

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  • Saltram House

    Saltram House

    Plymouth

    Saltram stands high above the River Plym in a rolling and wooded landscaped park that now provides precious green space on the outskirts of Plymouth.

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  • Sidmouth Museum

    Sidmouth Museum

    Sidmouth

    This Regency cottage has two floors of displays and exhibits.

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  • Smeatons Tower Lighthouse

    Smeatons Tower Lighthouse

    Plymouth

    A centrepiece on Plymouth's Hoe, Smeaton's Tower is one of the South West's most well known landmarks.

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  • South Devon Railway

    South Devon Railway

    Buckfastleigh

    The South Devon Railway is one of Devon's and the West Country's best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west.

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  • South Molton and District Museum

    South Molton and District Museum

    South Molton

    Discover the true spirit of the characters from South Molton's past, through the exhibits and interactive displays.

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  • South West Police Heritage Trust

    South West Police Heritage Trust

    Okehampton

    The South West Police Heritage Trust (SWPHT) is a registered charity created to take over the ownership and running of the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary in 2016 (previously owned by Devon and Cornwall Police).

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  • St Lawrence Chapel

    St Lawrence Chapel

    Ashburton

    Formerly the Grammar School which closed in 1938 just 20 years after celebrating 600 years as a school.

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  • St Nicholas Priory

    St Nicholas Priory

    Exeter

    Unfortunately due to essential building repairs St Nicholas Priory is currently not open.

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  • Tavistock Museum

    Tavistock Museum

    Tavistock

    Tavistock Museum is a town museum which has permanent exhibitions relating to its monastic, market, and mining past.

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  • Teign Heritage Centre   Home to Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum

    Teign Heritage Centre Home to Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum

    Teignmouth

    Teignmouth and Shaldon are beautiful.

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  • The Burton at Bideford   Burton Art Gallery and Museum

    The Burton at Bideford Burton Art Gallery and Museum

    Bideford

    The Burton Art Gallery & Museum situated in Victoria Park, Bideford, was reopened in May 1994, after a major extension and refurbishment.

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  • The Merchant's House

    The Merchant's House

    Plymouth

    A Jacobean merchant's house, home to the famous Elizabethan privateer, William Parker.

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  • The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

    The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

    Barnstaple

    The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is the perfect way to find out more about North Devon.

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  • The Valiant Soldier, Buckfastleigh

    The Valiant Soldier, Buckfastleigh

    Buckfastleigh

    The Valiant Soldier is an amazing place.

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  • Thomas Newcomen Engine

    Thomas Newcomen Engine

    Dartmouth

    Thomas Newcomen (1664-1729) designed and installed the first practical and successful steam engine, used initially for pumping water out of coal mines.

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  • Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

    Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

    Tiverton

    Explore the museum's large, outstanding collections and trace the fascinating history of Mid Devon.

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  • Topsham Museum

    Topsham Museum

    Topsham

    Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary.

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  • Torquay Museum

    Torquay Museum

    Torquay

    Ranked among the finest in South West England and Designated as an outstanding collection in 2016, Torquay Museum is a journey of discovery for all ages.

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  • Torre Abbey

    Torre Abbey

    Torquay

    Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history.

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  • Totnes  Fashion and Textiles Museum

    Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

    Totnes

    Totnes Fashions and Textiles Museum houses the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, which contains clothing for men, women and children from the eighteenth century to the twentyfirst century.

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  • Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum

    Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum

    TOTNES

    Totnes Museum is contained within an authentic Elizabethan Merchant's House, built around 1575 for the Kelland family.

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  • Whimple Heritage Centre

    Whimple Heritage Centre

    Whimple

    The Whimple Heritage Centre is managed and maintained by an enthusiastic group of volunteers interested in Whimple's past and also its present.

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  • William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust

    William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust

    Buckfastleigh

    A small collection of artifacts and bones recovered from the caves at Buckfastleigh Devon and interpretation of the geology and speleology of that area.

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  • WW2 Nissen Hut and Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre

    WW2 Nissen Hut and Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre

    Smeatharpe

    This Heritage Centre was opened in 2012 and has recently been refurbished to create a representation of what this type of building would have looked like in the second world war.

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