Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Shop icon Study area icon Wheelchair access icon

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.

Find us on Facebook
This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

RAMM entry is free.

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.
Post Eleven Speaking, oil on canvas, about 1941-1942 by Leighton Hall Woolatt

Exeter’s Fine Art: Modern

  • 12 September 2017 — 29 April 2018 *on now

This diverse selection features two works by the British Pop Art movement artist Brian Rice which are shown for the first time, having been gifted to RAMM through the Art Fund. Other works include Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermilions, Green and Purple in Red.
RAMM’s art collection is rich and varied. It consists of over 7,000 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolours, miniatures and sculptures, dating from the 1400s to the present day. The collection includes donations from individuals, bequests and purchases. The display changes to show a range of RAMM’s artworks.
RAMM’s fine art collection can be explored online at:

Suitable for

  • Any age


Photograph of Simin Eivazi's artwork, embroidered digital camouflage fabric

Simin Eivazi -The Promised Lands

  • 26 September 2017 — 25 March 2018 *on now

The Promised Lands, (2013 to Present) Work in Progress
Digital camouflage army jacket worn by a U.S. soldier in the Iraq War, traditional Persian Sermeh Douzi embroidery with beads, bullion and metal threads.

Simin Eivazi is an Iranian born American feminist multidisciplinary cultural practitioner currently living and working in London. She obtained her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and completed her MA in art and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar.
Her artistic practice explores possibilities to critically respond to the politics of sovereignty, conflict and terror through investigating the poetics of identity, dislocation, religion and femininity. The notion of body is a crucial layer to her practice; hence, both the absence and presence of the body are materialized through the performative aspect of her projects. She explores various forms and materials such as, ceramics, textiles and poetry as well as found objects that contain certain histories or philosophies where their past contents become relevant to the present or those of the future.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A painting by Naomi Hart showing trees that form a shadowy tunnel

Some far off magic land by Naomi Hart

  • 3 October 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

The Cafe at RAMM
Naomi has been travelling all her life and records her journeys in sketches and paintings exploring how myth and reality can coincide within the same landscape. From the forests of France to the deserts of Australia, this exhibition conveys a sense of place and the mystery that we can find there.
The title of the exhibition comes from a quote by Ann Davison, the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic. ‘Forgetting all the discomforts, the terrors, and the weariness, I wished I was back aboard, preparing to set out for some other far off magic land ...’
The work in this display is for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The collector holding an eye bath with his vast collection of eye baths in the background

What do you Collect? A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • 10 October 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

Finders Keepers? Gallery
Another in RAMM’s special series showing the passions of local collectors. See this unusual range of eyebaths collected by a retired ophthalmic surgeon. These cup-shaped vessels for rinsing the eyes have changed little in design from those produced 200 years ago.
Display your collection
If you have a collection that you would like to display,

Suitable for

  • Any age


A small black and red lady's accessory

Keeping up Appearances

  • 21 November 2017 — 20 May 2018 *on now

On the Home Front during the First World War, women were encouraged to maintain a positive outlook and to dress well, especially when men returned from posts overseas. This small display will showcase a selection of pretty, decorative accessories worn for days out or for evening occasions.
Part of a four-year programme commemorating the First World War led by the Imperial War Museum this small changing display focuses on RAMM’s collections and the First World War’s impact on the South West.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A photograph showing paint brushes and the Express and Echo logo

The Express & Echo Local Art Show

  • 13 December 2017 — 17 January 2018 *on now

The Express & Echo Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding areas the chance to display their members’ work in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers are invited to vote for their favourite. This annual competition aims to recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city and surrounding area, and gives one group the opportunity to display their best work. The theme for the 2017 competition is Dartmoor, to complement RAMM’s main winter exhibition, Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region. Previous winners of the Express & Echo Local Art Show are: Flying Colours (2016), Topsham Art Group (2015), Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Any age


An oil paiting showing the wild, hilly green landscapes and turbulent river of Dartmoor

Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region

  • 22 December 2017 — 31 March 2018

Dartmoor has inspired generations of artists. This exhibition traces the story of Dartmoor, once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’ and later as the epitome of the picturesque. This transformation was largely brought about through the imagination of artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Samuel Palmer. The coming of the railways brought greater numbers of tourists to Exeter and Dartmoor. Locally based artists such as William and FJ Widgery catered for this market and made Dartmoor landscape art immensely popular. Artists’ interpretations of Dartmoor on railway posters and postcards contributed to this tourist trade. The artists in the exhibition have depicted the moor using a wide range of media including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. Works from RAMM’s collections are displayed alongside loans from British museums and galleries as well as rarely seen works from private collections. Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region is a partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, and forms one of the main public outcomes of the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership-funded Moor than meets the eye project.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A magic lantern slide with the word 'welcome' and illustartions of strawberries and roses drawn on it

Marvellous Magic Lanterns

  • 12 — 14 January 2018

Garden meeting room
For three days only we’re showcasing a small display of magic lantern items. See a selection of the historic slides, lanterns and paper ephemera from the collections of RAMM and The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter, brought together for RAMM’s hosting of the ‘A Million Pictures’ academic workshop.
Come and see this marvellous mechanical invention.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street


RAMM's home page



01392 265858


01392 421252

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.