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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.

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Facilities

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Cafe on-site

    Refreshments On-Site

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

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.

Our Next Event

Coffee Morning for volunteers

Coffee Morning for volunteers

When: 03 February 2015
Where: Topsham Museum, Underloft

Topsham Museum volunteers are kindly invited to attend a Coffee Morning at the Museum on February 3rd at 10.30 a.m.  Please bring along a friend or colleague who might consider joining one of our friendly and enthusiastic teams in a range of many different capacities and roles.  Your local Museum needs you!

We look forward to seeing you on 3rd.

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Our Collections

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 Sail Loft

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.

The River Gallery

The House

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 House

The Underloft

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.

The Underloft

Local History Room

A comfortable study space for visitors to consult our extensive public collection of local reference materials, census indexes, local research projects, digitised information and details of nearly 150 Topsham families. It is also the venue for our seasonal exhibitions

Local History Room
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Our Latest news

  • Volunteer's Coffee Morning

    03 February 2015

    Do come along and bring along a friend who might consider becoming one of our volunteers.,...read more

  • Lunchtime Lecture Programme 2015

    11 January 2015

    Details of the Lunchtime Lecture Programme for 2015 are now available in the Events secti...read more

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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.

ADMISSION FREE

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Topsham Museum

25 The Strand
Topsham, DEVON EX3 0AX