The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

The Museum is reopening on Wednesday 12th August, please check our website or social media as opening times will change as government guidelines are announced. In the meantime please contact us by email with any enquires.

Our new extension includes a new temporary exhibition space, community gallery, learning room, brand new shop and Bromleys tearooms (named after the historic tearoom on the Strand in Barnstaple).

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  • 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.

  • Geology, archaeology and pre-history

    Discover the how our ancestors lived in Devon, Through amazing objects like the whale bone fishing spear from Westward Ho! this gallery will let you in on the pre-historic secrets hidden in our landscape.

Admission & prices

Admission FREE

Museum Opening Times

Wednesday - Friday: 11.00am - 3.00pm

Find us

Museum, Tourist Information, Tea Room and shop situated in red-brick Victorian building on town-side of the old stone bridge.

3 minute walk from Bus Station, 8 minute walk from Train Station. Public car parking at Belle Meadow, a 3 minutute walk.

Museum news

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    We're Reopening!

    We’re Reopening! We are looking forward to welcoming back visitors to the museum on Wednesday 12th August......

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  • Covid 19 Story Collecting!

    Covid 19 Story Collecting!

    The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is asking North Devon museums and organisations to add their names to a Covid-19 story collecting campaign......

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  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square
EX32 8LN

T: 01271 346747

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The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square

Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN