Find out about: Topsham Museum
Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary. Following completion of a stunning new River gallery, the Museum was 'long-listed' for the Art Fund Prize in 2008.
Part of the Museum's focus is on Topsham's maritime history - one particular showpiece is the River Gallery, completed in 2007, featuring unique historic river craft. Visitors can also enjoy the furnished period rooms of the original house and the Sail Loft with its historical timeline of the town's general history. Other interesting exhibits include wildlife of the Exe Estuary, local trades and organisations and memorabilia of the film star Vivien Leigh.
Our beautiful riverside garden is open all year. During the season, home-made teas are served in the cafe or gardens. Do visit our gift shop. Group visits of up to 15 can be arranged for guided tours between April and October by prior arrangement.
Exhibitions and Projects
01 Apr 15 to 31 Oct 15
The Woollen Cloth Trail
31 Mar 15 to 31 Oct 15
Crossing the Exe
01 Jun 15 to 31 Oct 15
Wild About Topsham
01 Jul 15 to 31 Oct 15
Our Next Event
Charitable Activities in Exeter during the First World War
When: 29 September 2015
Where: Topsham Museum, Underloft
The Lunchtime Lecture on Tuesday 29th September will be given by Dr Richard Batten an historian specialising in Devon during the First World War. His talk, entitled “Charitable Activities in Exeter during the First World War”, focuses on the Home Front.
We hope this will encourage local people to come forward with family stories concerning Topsham during the troubled years from 1914 to 1919 and perhaps photographs, letters or diaries that might be used in an exhibition on this theme at Topsham Museum during 2016. ï»¿
The museum houses a comprehensive collection of artefacts, documents and photographs that tell the fascinating story of the port of Topsham and its links with the maritime trade.The main areas featured are:
The Sail Loft
Displays the history of Topsham from Prehistoric times: Shipbuilding, fishing and maritime trade, including ship models, shipwrights' tools, maps, photographs, paintings, documents etc. Other exhibits include a model of Topsham as it was in 1900.
The River Gallery
The Gallery holds a collection of historic Exe river boats. Four boats were saved after the closure of the Exeter Maritime Museum: the famous Cygnet, the Market Boat, "Ruby" (a salmon boat) and a Skiff.
Dates from the late 17th century - two rooms are furnished in that period. The kitchen of Miss Holman, the founder of the Museum, has been preserved. Memorabilia in the Vivien Leigh Room (her sister in law) includes the nightdress Vivien wore in the film "Gone with the Wind"
The Underloft houses the popular Museum Tearoom, temporary exhibitions and the Museum Shop, selling unusual and interesting gifts, books on local subjects and Topsham items.
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Admission & Prices
During the 2015season, the Museum will be open in the afternoons on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, (plus Tuesdays in August), 2pm-5pm from 1st April until 30th October.
Last admission 4.30pm.
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25 The Strand
Topsham, DEVON EX3 0AX