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Fairlynch Museum

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK. The building, a typical example of a 'marine cottage orné' and Grade II listed, dates from 1811.

The museum opened in 1967. It aims, for educational and general interest, to exhibit artefacts and information about the history and development of Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley.

The Museum is noted for its collection of period costumes, its many geological specimens and its excellent local history resources.

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  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Our Next Event

Friends of Fairlynch AGM and talk on Matisse

Friends of Fairlynch AGM and talk on Matisse

When: 29 April 2015
Where: Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton

Friends of Fairlynch AGM
Peter Hall.  3.00-5.00pm
Tea and cakes, cake & wine raffle, information board display, talk by Maggie Giraud on Matisse

Find out about the many aspects of Fairlynch Museum.

Then enjoy a talk by freelance art historian and curator Maggie Giraud about the French painter Henri Matisse, one of the most important figures who revolutionised art in the early 20th century.  

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Our Collections

The Museum holds approximately 4,000 items of men's, women's and children's clothing including rare pieces dating as far back as the early 1700s.

On show is Honiton lace and other types of lace from this country and the Continent.

The Geological collections feature the remarkable nodules, or small mineral clusters found in the cliffs.

The Archaeology section includes artefacts from the Bronze Age as well as items from Roman sites.

In the local history room you will find numerous albums containing information on all aspects of life in Budleigh Salterton through the ages.


The Garden

The Museum garden is one of the showpieces of Budleigh Salterton, with its colourful border displays. Many of the plants were chosen to be contemporary with the period of the house.

The Garden

Budleigh rocks!

As well as the remarkable nodules found in local cliffs, the Geology section includes displays of beautifully coloured pebbles like these.

Budleigh rocks!

100 years of ladies' costumes

Only a small proportion of the Fairlynch costume collection can be seen on display at any one time, but the regular exhibitions arranged by our volunteer helpers allow for a rotation of interesting items.

100 years of ladies' costumes

Fragment of decorated Samian ware bowl

This 2nd century bowl from the Archaeology collection was found at the site of a Roman villa outside Budleigh. When originally in use it was broken and mended with butterfly rivets, the marks of which can be seen.

Fragment of decorated Samian ware bowl

Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton c.1870

This print from the Museum's collection is one of many images from the past depicting life in Budleigh Salterton. The Local History Room contains many well-researched albums giving an insight into varied aspects of the town.

Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton c.1870
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Our Latest news

  • Making your garden fair: Sunday 3 May 2015

    23 April 2015

    A quiet corner of the garden at Fairlynch Museum, If you've ever visited Fairlynch and more

  • A seaman's death at Gallipoli: Thomas Troake, 28 April 1915

    23 April 2015

    Seaman Thomas Troake served on HMS Canopus, seen above Royal Navy warships and their more

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Admission & Prices

Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday: 14.00 -16.30 (closed Mondays ex Bank Holidays)

The Museum is now closed. It will re-open on Friday 3 April until the end of September. It will be open during October half-term 2015.

Donations gratefully received.

Groups welcome, special rates only if booked in advance.

The Carter Reference Library (in the museum) is open by appointment.

Fairlynch Museum

Fairlynch Museum
27 Fore Street

Budleigh Salterton, DEVON EX9 6NP