Museum of Dartmoor Life

Museum of Dartmoor Life

Situated within a cobbled courtyard the Museum of Dartmoor Life exhibits over three floors a vast collection of objects relating to life on Dartmoor from the Bronze Age through to the mid-20th Century. There are a number of ‘Discovery Zones’ and trails to help children explore the museum at their own speed.

A lift within the museum ensures that it is fully accessible to all. The museum hosts various workshops for all and activities for children, ‘Tea & Talk Events’ on a monthly basis from Easter to October and Father Christmas on Edwardian Evening. The museum is also home to the Tourist Information Point where extremely knowledgeable members of the team are on hand to help plan days out.

Visit website

  • Collection 1

    A nineteenth century copper miner emerges from his tunnel.

  • Collection 2

    A local blacksmith's forge, faithfully rebuilt in the museum.

  • Collection 3

    Pleasures of the Victorian wash-house.

  • Collection 4

    A Devon cottage fireside.

  • Collection 5

    Yet another aspect of the Good Old Days.

Admission & prices

Opening Times

Easter - end of November

Monday - Friday 10.00am to 4.15pm,
last admission 3.45pm.
Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Closed Easter Sunday.

Currently open (until 1 December 2016)
Monday - Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm
last admission 2.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm

For Sunday and winter opening and
group bookings, please email

The admission charge includes free entry for the following 12 months.

Admission: Adults £4.00, Children/Students £2.00, under 4 years FREE Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £10.00

Find us

From the central, staggered crossroads in Okehampton, walk west about 10 metres along the south side of West Street. Turn left, walk through the archway - and you are in the cobbled courtyard with the museum and its entrance facing you.


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

£¢ The John Young Gallery offering exhibitions, functions, conference facilities - and has a loop system for those with hearing difficulties

£¢ Museum Shop - offering purchases to complement your visit

£¢ Tea Rooms nearby

£¢ Access: Braille book about the museum and its exhibits; WC for wheelchair users

£¢ A lift giving wheelchair access, if we are advised before the visit

£¢ 'Handling Collections' to loan to schools and groups

£¢ Teachers' Information Pack available

- 'Kept 4 children occupied for a couple of hours - Mum, Dad, Granny & Grampa Too!'

- 'So interesting - we didn't leave enough time! We will have to come back!'

- 'Well worth a visit'

- 'Great museum for kids - nice for them to touch - lots to look at'

- 'Educational - lots of help with my project!'

- 'Plenty to keep youngsters occupied'

- 'What an asset to Okehampton: it's a gem'

- 'Excellent museum for an excellent admittance price'

- -Interesting educational do not miss'
These are some of the comments passed 2014 to 2016 by visitors to the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton:

Museum of Dartmoor Life
Museum Courtyard
3 West Street
EX20 1HQ

T: 01837 52295

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Museum of Dartmoor Life

Museum of Dartmoor Life
Museum Courtyard
3 West Street

Okehampton, DEVON EX20 1HQ