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
05 Sep 14 to 08 Nov 14
Museums Silver Jubilee
15 Oct 14 to 08 Nov 14
North Devon in Photographs
15 Nov 14 to 10 Jan 15
13th North Devon Open Art Show
17 Jan 15 to 28 Feb 15
Our Next Event
Call for contributors to the 13th North Devon Open Art Show
When: 18 September 2014 to 06 December 2014
Where: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Museum is now inviting entries for our 13th North Devon Open Art Show.
This is an oportunity for you to exhibit a body of your recent work at the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon. We are seeking entries for our popular Art Show in any format, including paint, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, textiles, crafts, ceramics, digital art, sound, installation, film, new media. Contributors should be resident in, or their work should be created in or inspired by northern Devon, including Exmoor and Lundy Island.
Closing date for entries 6th December 2014
Click here for further details and an entry form
The resulting exhibition will run from the 17th January 2015 to the 28th February 2015
image of work by Karen McEndoo from the 12th North Devon Open Art Show
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
Museum building work about to start
25 September 2014
Maintenance works at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon start next week (Monday 29 S...read more
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
- 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
Christmas Closing - the Museum will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014 and open again from 10am on Friday 2nd January 2015
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