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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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.

Fishtival

  • 18 July — 12 September 2015 *on now

Bringing together newly collected stories, oral histories and objects to tell the story of the fishing heritage in North Devon. With artwork from local schools in collaboration with ArtTree.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Cider

  • 19 September — 31 October 2015

An exploration of cider making and drinking in northern Devon, with traditional ceramics by Bideford potter Nick Juniper.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

North Devon in Photographs

  • 7 November 2015 — 9 January 2016

Selected entries from our popular annual Heritage Photographic Competition which aims to encourage photography of northern Devon and Exmoor life and scenery by both budding and professional photographers of all ages. - In conjunction with North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

14th North Devon Open Art Show

  • 16 January 2016 From 10am

New work from selected artists.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

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.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

  • 11 September 2015

Julian Vayne, Education Officer at The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon will be available at to provide an informal talk about the museum building, the story of the collection and what goes on behind the scenes in the museum. These sessions are free, please come to reception on the day and indicate that you'd like to participate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/museum-of-barnstaple-and-north-devon

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Square
Barnstaple
Devon
EX32 8LN
England

Website

E-mail

museum@northdevon.gov.uk

Telephone

01271 346 747

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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