Find out about: The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

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The Museum of Barnstaple & 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.


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  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Cafe on-site

    Refreshments On-Site

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

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

  • Fishtival


    18 Jul 15 to 12 Sep 15

  • Cider


    19 Sep 15 to 31 Oct 15

  • North Devon in Photographs

    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!

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Our Collections

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 Tarka Gallery

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.

The Undersea World

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.

North Devon Art Pottery

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.

Shapland & Petter Furniture

Geology, archaeology and pre-history

Discover the how our ancestors lived in Devon, Through amazing objects like the whale bone fishing spear from Westward Ho! this gallery will let you in on the pre-historic secrets hidden in our landscape.

Geology, archaeology and pre-history
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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 more

  • North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition Results

    18 November 2014

    Another great year for the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's annual Heritage more

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Audio Files

Close Box


History Sounds

Have a listen to some of our oral history files...

Name Time Listen

Museum Videos

  • 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

Admission FREE

Opening Times
Winter (from Monday 3rd November 2014 until Saturday 14th March 2015)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tea Room - 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Summer (from Monday 16th March until Saturday 31st October 2015)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tea Room - 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

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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The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square

Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN