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
18 Jul 15 to 12 Sep 15
19 Sep 15 to 31 Oct 15
North Devon in Photographs
07 Nov 15 to 09 Jan 16
14th North Devon Open Art Show
16 Jan 16
Our Next Event
Drop in PLAY sessions
When: 01 April 2015 to 28 October 2015
Where: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The museum's popular drop-in PLAY sessions will take place on the Square (inside if wet) on Wednesdays in the school holidays.
11am to 4pm in the summer and 11am to 3pm in the winter.
There is no need to book as these family friendly sessions are drop-in - but donations are appreciated to help keep the program running.
The museum always has a new Kids' Quiz each month too!
Don't forget we will be holding our Big Draw chalking and drawing event on the Square on Wednesday 28th October 2015, from 11am to 3pm. So come and join us for a fun time!
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
Fishing for History researchers wanted!
15 May 2015
Fishing for History is a FLAG, HLF and North Devon AONB funded project based at the Museum...read more
North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition Results
18 November 2014
Another great year for the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's annual Heritage Photog...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 3rd November 2014 until Saturday 14th March 2015)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tea Room - 10am - 3.30pm
Summer (from Monday 16th March until Saturday 31st October 2015)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tea Room - 10am - 4pm
Christmas Closing - the Museum will be closing at 2pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 and open again from 10am on Saturday 2nd January 2016.
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Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN