Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street


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Fully refurbished after a multimillion pound redevelopment, the new displays showcase the collections and collectors that have helped RAMM to become one of Britain’s finest regional museums.

They tell the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the present but, more than a local museum, its internationally important world cultures and natural history collections also tell a story of global exploration and collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Original architectural features have been revealed allowing visitors to experience the splendour of the original Victorian spaces. The extension includes a suite of modern, flexible exhibition galleries allowing RAMM to bring to the South West prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners. Modern services improve the care of visitors and the collections alike.

A new garden entrance links the Victorian museum to its historic surroundings and the neighbouring gardens. The area is one of only five sites classified by English Heritage as an Area of Archaeological Importance.

You can also visit St Nicholas Priory - A Tudor Home, at the Mint, off Fore St Exeter. In part of what was once a medieval priory this splendid building was later lived in by the wealthy Hurst family. It is now presented as their Elizabethan town house with replica furniture, sumptuous fabrics and rich colours. Come and feel at home in this historic family home. Open on Saturdays and on weekdays during school holidays 10.00 - 17.00. Admission £2.50 for adults (Concessions £.00), children £1.00 (0-5yrs free). All children aged under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

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This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

10am to 5pm every day except Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

RAMM entry is free.

St Nicholas Priory - Saturdays, and Mon-Sat during school holidays. Closed on bank holidays. £2.50 adults (£2.00 concessions), children £1.00 (0-5yrs free)
Please see for charges for school visits and guided tours to the Priory.

The world cultures collections at this museum are Designated Collections of national importance.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections contain important items from cultures in every continent outside Europe.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

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

Taonga: Māori treasures of the natural world

  • 14 December 2013 — 8 June 2014 *on now

Aotearoa (New Zealand) was one of the last land masses to be discovered by humans. People first arrived there by boat 1,000 years ago and they soon found that they had access to an abundance of resources from three sacred worlds: the land, the sea and the sky.

This display takes a look at a small collection of Māori objects and specimens from the museum's ethnography and natural history collections and explores how the Māori used these resources in daily life, battle and ceremony.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Gilbert & George: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour to RAMM

  • 22 March — 22 June 2014 *on now

RAMM is delighted to be presenting the work of Gilbert & George as part of the national ARTIST ROOMS programme. Gilbert & George are among the most celebrated artists to have emerged from the art scene in the late 1960s.
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund.



Intimate Worlds

  • 5 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

Objects from the Wellcome Collection relating to human sexuality in all its forms. The variety of attitudes and cultural practices embodied by this display prompts us to question our attitudes towards censorship and display, the boundaries between childhood and adulthood, control of sexuality, fertility and contraception, pleasure and power relations.



Fijian Art

  • 1 June — 31 December 2014

A display of RAMM’s Fijian objects with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed with Pacific specialists based at the University of East Anglia.


Please check exact dates before visiting.



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.
Live at RAMM: Bhangra Extravaganza

Live at RAMM: Bhangra Extravaganza

  • 16 May 2014 8-11pm

Across the country in May museums open their doors for the public to experience the magic of museums after dark. At RAMM there is a special evening of Bhangra music and dance. RSVP will play, the UK’s favourite Bhangra band who regularly tour the country playing at events such as Glastonbury, Port Eliot and Womad. It’s a fully interactive experience with traditional Indian dancing lessons alongside the music. Other parts of the museum will also be open for ticket holders to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Any age


8 to 11pm, £10 (£8 earlybird)

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Boy in Tudor costume

RAMM's Learning Service

RAMM's learning service helps visitors to explore our collections, connect them to the wider world and discover links to their own lives. Our family service supports families to learn together, through imaginative family fun days and collections-linked projects and our schools service helps teachers link the collections to the curriculum.