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
PLAY space at the Museum
12 Jul 14 to 30 Aug 14
Salar the Salmon
06 Sep 14 to 18 Oct 14
25 Oct 14 to 08 Nov 14
14 Jun 14 to 30 Aug 14
Photographs by Barnstaple Camera Club
26 Jul 14 to 27 Aug 14
Paintings of Local Scenes by Rosemary Barrow
30 Aug 14 to 11 Oct 14
Our Next Event
Summer time Playful Cabinet of Curiosity
When: 12 July 2014 to 30 August 2014
Where: the museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Barnstaple & North Devon’s
July 19th until 30th August
We’ve got lots for you to see and do!
There will be drop-in play activities in the museum every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
throughout the summer holidays.
PLUS microscope fun, your own gallery space and loads of amazing, rarely seen, and wonderful things from the darkest recesses of the museum store!
All play session are FREE but we appreciate your donations to keep the program going. Play sessions will run from 11-4pm
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