Totnes Museum

Totnes Museum

Totnes Museum is contained within a Grade I listed authentic Elizabethan Merchant's House, built around 1575 for the Kelland family and located in the heart of Totnes. The Museum houses a Collection of 10,000 + artefacts and a very well-respected Archive Centre which together tell the story of Totnes and the surrounding area.

The Museum has twelve galleries, a courtyard and a herb garden. Highlights include a collection of coins minted in Totnes during Saxon times, the Lee ring dating from 1652 and a room dedicated to the life and work of Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine.

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  • Saxon Coins

    In Saxon times Totnes was a minting Burgh, a fortified town which produced its own coinage. The Museum houses a collection of coins minted in Totnes during the Saxon period, which are currently on display in the Bennett Room.

  • Charles Babbage

    The museum houses an exhibition detailing the work that Charles Babbage conducted, as well as describing the advancement in the field of modern computers and technology.

  • Lee Ring

    This is one of two rings presented to the daughters of Totnes merchant Richard Lee - around 1640 - to thank him for funding the building of the 'Exchange' - a place where fellow traders could do business. It features - in exquisite detail - images of the townspeople of that time.

  • Forehall

    The Elizabethan Forehall. This gallery is dedicated to demonstrating how Elizabethans and later citizens would have lived, as well as containing some beautiful examples of Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture.

  • The Tudor Kitchen

    This gallery compares food and cookery throughout the Elizabethan and Victorian periods, and the displays include some good examples of cookery equipment and the food enjoyed by Tudors.

Admission & prices


Mon - Sat. 10.00 - 4.00 (last admission: 3.30)


The Museum is free to enter and we rely on visitor donations

Coach parties and school bookings very welcome by prior arrangement - please phone.

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    Change of name

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  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Gift Shop

We regret that there is only wheelchair access to the ground floor in the museum.


Open all year
Thursday & Friday
10.30 ~ 4.00

TARIFF for Research & Services
Totnes Archives Use: £1.25 per hr
Research by post on your behalf: £7.50 per hr
One year's use of the Archives
(for Friends of Totnes Museum): £8.00

01803 863821


The museum can be booked overnight by paranormal groups. Normally these events are open to the public for a fee.

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
70, Fore Street

T: 01803 863821

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Totnes Museum

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
70, Fore Street