Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
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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. www.exeter.gov.uk/priory
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This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.
10am to 5pm every day except Mondays and bank holidays.
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 www.exeter.gov.uk/priory 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.
World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
- 27 April — 8 December 2013 *on now
This display shows a special selection of adornments from RAMM’s World Cultures collection. What do your clothes say about you? All over the world people strive to transform and beautify their bodies with permanent and temporary adornment.
For many communities it is an integral expression of the traditions, nationality, status and spirituality through which people define their personal identity and place in society. For others, it’s to attain an ideal of beauty promoted by their society, or to deliberately reject that ideal in order to pursue individuality.
West Country to World's End
- 26 October 2013 — 2 March 2014 *on now
During the Tudor Age the South West was famed for the innovation and endeavour of its people. Devon sea dogs Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins sailed to "World's End"
in their pursuit of treasure and glory, Exeter's Nicholas Hilliard produced exquisite miniature portraits of courtiers while fellow Exonian Thomas Bodley re-founded Oxford University's library, later named the Bodleian in his honour.
These men lived during the religious turmoil and political intrigue of Elizabeth I's reign - a time of opportunity for the merchants and traders of Devon. Many grew rich on the fruits of overseas trade and expressed their new status through fashionable houses, fine furnishings, decoration and valuable personal possessions.
The demand for goods was met by a network of local craft workers: plasterers, masons, carpenters, lace-makers and goldsmiths. Aspects of their lives are revealed in a fascinating new RAMM research project funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
RAMM is drawing together paintings, artefacts and documents from galleries, museums and record offices to tell the story of the South West and its people set against the backdrop of one of the most evocative periods in British history.
- Any age
What do you Collect: Cooking the Books
- 5 November 2013 — 2 February 2014 *on now
One man's collection of cookery books and food related ephemera, amassed in his quest to find out more about our culinary and food history.
Exeter’s Fine Art Collection
- 30 November 2013 — 6 April 2014 *on now
This display includes works by major artists of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries: It features drawings by Barbara Hepworth, watercolours by Thomas Girtin, Francis Towne and John White Abbott, and paintings by Alan Cotton and Brian Rice.
Awake through the years Southwest Wood Engravers
- 7 December 2013 — 23 March 2014 *on now
Land and seascapes; antiquities and historic buildings; composite topographical townscapes; monumental figures and book illustrations from four contemporary South West wood engravers: Harry Brockway, Hilary Paynter, Pam Pebworth and Howard Phipps.
Taonga: MÄori treasures of the natural world
- 14 December 2013 — 8 June 2014
ï»¿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 MÄori objects and specimens from the museum's ethnography and natural history collections and explores how the MÄori used these resources in daily life, battle and ceremony.
- Any age
Gilbert & George: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour to RAMM
- 22 March — 22 June 2014
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.
- 5 April — 29 June 2014
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.
- 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.
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.