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.
Helpful volunteers and staff own a wealth of
knowledge about the museum and North Devon area.
Toilet with Baby Changing facility. Ground floor wheelchair accessable with stairlift to 1st floor galleries. Gift Shop, Tea Room and Tourist Information
Our Next Event
North Devon in Photographs
When: 23 November 2013 to 11 January 2014
Where: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
An exhibition of selected entries from our popular annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition in partnership with North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership.
With categories for those under the age of 16 and for adults we welcomed entries from both budding and professional photographers.
Thanks go to Bruce Aiken who judged the competitions regular categories. Bruce trained at the London College of Printing & Graphic Design and has spent 40 years in the commercial world of marketing and design. He is currently the Web Designer and Manager of Aiken Graphics and Design Consultant for North Devon Theatres Trust. Trained in visual communication and a keen photographer himself, he uses this media to create eye-catching graphics, advertising brochures and branding.
Our usual 6 categories were:
- Town & Villages
- The Coast & The Sea
- Anything Goes!
This year's North Devon Coast AONB category was;
- Seasons of the Coast
Photographers were invited to capture the unique and outstanding coastal scenery of North Devon throughout the seasons, in any weather, through the camera lens.
The AONB judges for this special category were Rob Tibbles, a professional photographer based in North Devon, and Dave Edgcombe, Project Officer for the North Devon Coast AONB.
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership joined the Museum again for this year's competition and their own special category was;
- Colours of Exmoor
Capturing the colourful beauty and life on the Moorland areas of Exmoor. With Faye Balmond, the scheme's Moorland Heritage Officer and Rob Wilson-North, Conservation Manager of Exmoor National Park Authority, judging this category.
Image:by Sylvia Court from our 2012 competition
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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
Presentation day for North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition 2013
31 October 2013
If you have entered the North Devon's Heritage Photographic this year then don't forget to...read more
Entries invited for the 12th North Devon Open Art Show Incorporating Showreal
31 October 2013
Entries are now invited for the North Devon Open Art Show which is now in its 12th year. ...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)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Summer (from Monday 25th March until Saturday 2nd November 2013)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Please note: On Thursday 18th December 2013 the Museum and Tourist Information will be opening at 11pm (instead of 10am) on that day due to a volunteer's meeting being held in the morning.
CHRISTMAS CLOSING - The Museum and Tourist Information will be CLOSED from 2pm on 24th December 2013 and OPEN again from 10am on 2nd January 2014.
Seasons Greetings and a Happy and Prosperous New Year
Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN