Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Square
EX32 8LN




01271 346 747

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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.

Paintings of Local Scenes by Rosemary Barrow

  • 30 August — 11 October 2014 *on now

Rosemary Barrow can often be seen on The Square in Barnstaple absorbing the atmosphere and busily painting the scenes around her.

Her lively watercolours capture the vibrancy of the town as well as some of the well-known landmarks.., A gifted and prolific artist Rosemary went to the Royal College of Art in the sixties and has exhibited at the Royal Academy so we are delighted to be able to exhibit a few of her many paintings at the Museum, several of which will also be available to purchase. Do come and have a look they are bound to catch your eye!

Salar the Salmon

  • 6 September — 18 October 2014 *on now

An exploration of salmon in North Devon inspired by Henry Williamson's other tale. Part of our Fishing for History Project supported by FLAG.

Big Draw

  • 25 October — 8 November 2014

Come and draw pictures to help celebrate 25 years of Barnstaple Museum.

North Devon in Photographs

  • 15 November 2014 — 10 January 2015

North Devon in Photographs displays entries from our popular annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition which is open to both budding and professional photographers of any age.