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.
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 in 1900 and the "Terror", built here.
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.
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
Admission & prices
During the 2016 season, the Museum is 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.
The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and your kind donations keep it open.
From Topsham Station, walk down Holman Way to 'Route 2' cafe mini roundabout, take 2nd exit - The Strand. 300 yards along on left you will find the Museum. Or walk along Fore Street to 'Route 2' cafe.
Parking: Holman Way & the Quay.
Buses: T & 5
We've discovered that six cousins from the Heard family of Topsham served in WW1 and returned home safely......
On Thursday and Friday, 29th and 30th September , the Museum was visited by two Year 1 classes (aged between five and six years old) from Whipton Barton School with their teachers and some parents......
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.
There are always a number of special exhibitions spread through the year. A lift from the River Gallery provides disabled access to the updated Sail Loft.
Cream Teas and home-made cakes are served from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and there is a shop which sells a wide range of memorabilia, local history publications and high quality gifts.
Group visits may be made outside opening times by prior arrangement.
25 The Strand
T: 01392 873244
Exhibitions and Projects
26 April 2016 to 25 October 2016
25 October 2016
Topsham Museum Underloft
28 October 2016
Underloft & Garden, Topsham Museum
17 November 2016
Matthews Hall, Topsham
22 November 2016 to 25 November 2016
Matthews Hall, Topsham
25 The Strand
Topsham, DEVON EX3 0AX