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.

Helpful volunteers and staff own a wealth of
knowledge about the museum and North Devon area.


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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

  • Not Forgotten: stories from the Great War

    Not Forgotten: stories from the Great War

    26 Apr 14 to 07 Jun 14

Our Next Event

Not Forgotten: stories from the Great War

Not Forgotten: stories from the Great War

When: 26 April 2014 to 07 June 2014
Where: The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Come and discover the effects of WWI on the people of North Devon with memories and anecdotes.  More information to follow!

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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

  • 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 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 more

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Audio Files

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History Sounds

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

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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 4th November 2013 until Saturday 22nd March 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tea Room - 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Summer (from Monday 24th March until Saturday 1st November 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tea Room - 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

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The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square

Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN