Find out about: The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is the perfect way to find out more about North Devon. Our collections and displays cover the natural and human history of this beautiful part of the country. Highlights of the Museum include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.
The entrance to the museum includes a Gift Shop, Tea Room, Tourist Information and Visitor Reception.
Toilet with Baby Changing facility. Ground floor wheelchair accessable with stairlift to 1st floor galleries. Gift Shop, Tea Room and Tourist Information
Exhibitions and Projects
Salar the Salmon
06 Sep 14 to 18 Oct 14
25 Oct 14 to 08 Nov 14
Paintings of Local Scenes by Rosemary Barrow
30 Aug 14 to 11 Oct 14
North Devon in Photographs
15 Nov 14 to 10 Jan 15
Our Next Event
Call for entries 2014 North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition
When: 01 September 2014 to 06 October 2014
Where: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Come on all you budding and professional photographers - Get Snapping!
It's time to enter the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition in partnership with the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership and the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With classes for Under 16s and for Adults there is no excuse for not entering this year's competition.
We have lots to celebrate in 2014 -
The Museum's Silver Anniversary - 25 years - so we are also running a special Museum Category - along with our regular six categories of;
- Towns & Villages
- The Coast & The Sea
- Anything Goes!
The judge for 2014 is Dave Green.
Dave is a contemporary photographic artist who has built up a unique vision of the world through his digitally constructed images. Renowned for these innovative fused montages and his multi-layered 'ghostcard' technique he continues to push the boundries of photography and regularly exhibits his creative work both locally and as far a field as the USA. With a background in graphic design and commercial photography, he is also a qualified and experienced teacher of photography and an active committee member of Bideford Bay Creatives, promoting the Arts in North Devon. www.greengallery.co.uk
The Diamond Anniversary of Exmoor National Park - 60 years - with the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership (EMLP) sponsoring the Heart of Exmoor Prize! The theme for their category this year is 'Celebrating Exmoor's Heritage'.
55 years of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). To celebrate this birthday the AONB category is 'Your Very Special Place'.
We are sure you'll want to find out further details and grab an entry form so just click here to download all the information.
Closing date for entries is the 6th October 2014. Selected entries will be shown in the Museum's North Devon in Photographs exhibition which runs from 15th November 2014 to 10th January 2015 - look at the 'Exhibitions' page to discover more about this annual display.
If you would like more information or an entry form posted to you email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01271 346747
Image by Alma Williams: The Quack, Medieval Doctor - from our 2013 competition
The Museum holds the collections of the North Devon Athenaeum and the old Barnstaple Town Museum, and uses them in exciting and innovative ways to tell the fascinating story of this beautiful part of Devon.
As well as social history, the museum holds archaeology, natural history, and decorative arts collections covering the whole of North Devon.
The Tarka Gallery
Follow the otter's trail from river to sea, find out how you can help to encourage wild creatures into your garden, discover the local Culm Grassland areas or just take a look at animals, birds and insects close-up.
The Undersea World
The Undersea World includes turtles, fish and marine mammals from North Devon's coast and looks at the marine environment of this wonderful region. Beneath the ocean we reveal the underwater life of the turtles, dolphins, gulls, porpoises and ganets.
North Devon Art Pottery
The museum is home to the largest public collection of North Devon Art Pottery. Building on the established tradition of sgraffito decoration, the three potters Brannam, Lauder and Baron produced some very distinctive work.
Shapland & Petter Furniture
The Shapland & Petter collection is based on the archive and furniture donated by the company and is gradually being built up. We are always interested to hear from anyone who has items of furniture we could record for the archive.
Our Latest news
Results for the Adult classes of the North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition 2013
10 December 2013
The Museum received many entries for its annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competit...read more
Under 16s winners of the North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition 2013
10 December 2013
Well done to all the Under 16s who entered the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's He...read more
- Mr David Morrish
- Colin Allbrook and Alan Dodd
- The Olympic Torch in Barnstaple
- Ingrid Allen talks about The Queens Theatre
- Amba and Alec Oakley Remembering the Queens Hall/Queens Theatre
Admission & Prices
Winter (from Monday 4th November 2013 until Saturday 22nd March 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tea Room - 10am - 3.30pm
Summer (from Monday 24th March until Saturday 1st November 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tea Room - 10am - 4pm
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Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN