Burton Art Gallery and Museum

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The Burton Art Gallery and Museum aims to be recognised as one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. Synonymous with the most exemplary forms of its practice and attracting a wide range of audiences of all ages from the local and international communities alike it provides the opportunity to access and engage with artists, collections and exhibitions on all levels.

It does this by;

Bringing into the region and initiating exhibitions of significance that enable visitors to see aspects of British and foreign material not represented within its permanent collections.

Collecting, safeguarding and making accessible artefacts and artworks, with specific relation to local artists, local landscape or heritage and local interests.

Putting education at the core of the organisation enabling all our visitors and users to engage with our collections and exhibitions for inspiration, learning, research and enjoyment.

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum consists of Bideford Museum display area, temporary exhibition spaces, craft gallery, gallery and local gift shop, education space, tourist information and Cafe du Parc.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1600
Sun 1400-1600
Tue 1000-1900
Wed-Sat 1000-1800 Sun 1400-1600

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Portraits from The Burton’s Collection

  • 19 November 2015 — 1 February 2016 *on now

This exhibition brings together some of the 25+ portraits including watercolours; oils and drawings from across The Burton's Permanent Collection.

The earliest of which is an oil painting dating from the 1700s, depicting 'Mrs John Cleveland of Tapely' and attributed to Joshua Reynolds. Through to the gentle pencil drawings of Thomas Burton, drawn by his daughter Mary, to whom The Burton owes it's name and is in remembrance of.

Over the years portraits have captured and recorded the sitter's status, beauty, trade, wealth. heritage and other qualities, many of the portraits in The Burton's collection tell a similar story.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Kingsley Road
EX39 2QQ




01237 471455


01237 471455

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