Topsham Museum

Topsham Museum

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic,Topsham Museum is currently closed but will re-open in March 2021. All events have been cancelled or postponed (please see the News and Events pages for more details).

We are already working on providing opportunities for you to engage with the Museum and remain in contact during these difficult times, providing regular updates on this website and through social media. Thank you for your on-going support. We look forward to welcoming you back. Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary. The River Garden remains open to visitors.

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  • 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 by the Museum following the closure of the Exeter Maritime Museum: the famous Cygnet (pictured), the Market Boat, "Ruby" (a salmon boat) and a Skiff.

  • The House

    The merchants house dates from the late 17th century and two rooms on the first floor are furnished in that period. The newly refurbished bedroom has authentic wallpaper produced from wooden tilet blocks. The kitchen of Miss Holman, the founder of the Museum, has been preserved.

  • The Underloft

    The Underloft houses the popular Museum Tearoom, temporary exhibitions and the Museum Shop, which sells unusual and interesting gifts,cards, books on local subjects and items exclusive to Topsham. Teas available either here or in the beautiful garden on fine days.

  • Front Room

    The newly furnished "front room" is dedicated to Dorothy Holman, the Museum’s founder. Furniture from her drawing room reflects the lifestyle of an Edwardian family and includes a portrait of Sophie Holman (her Father was a Mayor of Exeter) as well as other Holman memorabilia.

Admission & prices

When we re-open you may visit during the afternoon on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, (plus Tuesdays in August), 2pm-5pm.

Last admission 4.30pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE

The Museum is run entirely by nearly 200 dedicated local volunteers and so we rely on your kind donations to ensure that the Museum and its collections remain in Topsham for generations to come.

Find us

From Topsham Station, walk down Holman Way to 'Route 2' cafe by mini roundabout, take 2nd exit - Strand. 300 yards along on left you will find the Museum. Buses: 57 & T - walk down Fore Street to 'Route 2' cafe. Parking: Holman Way or the Quay.

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Information

  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • 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.

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 (the history of Topsham Museum). We have wheelchair access in the Underloft/Tearoom and River Gallery but the merchant's house rooms on the first floor are only accessible by stairs.
Local, Family History and WW1 collections are on open-shelf access for visitors and researchers on the ground floor.

Cream Teas and home-made cakes are served from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The shop sells a wide range of interesting memorabilia, local history publications and high quality gifts.

Group visits may be made outside opening times by prior arrangement.

We are in an old, Listed Building which, regretfully, means that three rooms in the Merchant's House cannot be accessed by wheelchair users. Please download/read the notes on access for elderly or disabled visitors from Our Downloads on the Home Page.

25, Strand
Topsham
EX3 0AX

T: 01392 873244
E: info@topshammuseum.org.uk

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Topsham Museum

25, Strand
Topsham, DEVON EX3 0AX