Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

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A visit to the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is the perfect way to get to know the area's landscape, wildlife, history and culture.

In The Story of North Devon special effects and hands on activities help you find out about life from prehistoric to Victorian times. You can explore Tarka the Otter's riverbanks and go under the sea to meet a giant Leatherback turtle.

Barnstaple's finest products are displayed here, from 17th century pewter to Art Pottery by Brannam, Baron and Lauder and furniture by Shapland and Petter. Our military displays tell the stories of the Royal Devon Yeomanry and Devonshire Regiment. You can walk through our model Wellington bomber to view Chivenor airfield and find out how the Second World War affected people's lives.

The Museum has a programme of changing temporary exhibitions.

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Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10:00-17:0

Closed: Sun

Admission charges

Admission FREE

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Highlights of the Museum include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Hatched, Matched and Dispatched

  • 22 July — 9 September 2017 *on now

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is appealing for the public to come forward with stories and objects related to being 'Hatched, Matched and Dispatched'. A new exhibition, which is being held this summer, aims to tell the history of local people through these important life stages. So we are asking people to loan the following items for display:, - Christening gowns - Wedding dresses - Gifts or keepsakes - Photographs - Newspaper articles - Something old, new, borrowed or blue We are also looking for people to volunteer to tell their own hatched, matched or dispatched stories to others as part of an oral history. Email:, Telephone: 01271 346747,

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Egyptian Day of the Dead Colouring Day

  • 23 August 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Inspired by our Hatched Matched and Dispatched exhibition our summer half term playday programme continues with 'Book of the Dead Colouring Day'. A free family colouring in day in the square outside the museum (weather permitting) Bring the whole family for our giant colouring in event.,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Mexican Day of the Dead Craft Day

  • 30 August 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

As our Hatched Matched and Dispatched exhibition comes to a close our summer playdays finish with 'Mexican Day of the Dead Craft Day'. Our free family craft day where you can create your own skull mask, get your face painted Day of the Dead style or create some amazing colourful jewellery. Come join the crafty fun at the Museum.,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Square
EX32 8LN




01271 346 747

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