Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Peek into the history and heritage of Barnstaple and North Devon, and get engaged through exhibitions, interactive displays and a diverse collection of artefacts.

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon provides a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the area

The museum has a variety of interactive displays and exhibits, including a range of historical artifacts, documents, photographs and audiovisual materials relating to the local culture

It also hosts regular events, such as hands-on activities and talks

Visitors can learn about the town’s maritime history, exploring how shipping and industry shaped the local landscape

The museum also provides an educational facility for children, giving them the opportunity to explore some of the history behind the region

With its fascinating displays and events, this museum is a great way to learn more about the North Devon area while on vacation


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Small museum showcasing ancient pottery, nature exhibits & historical artefacts from North Devon.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Address: The Square, Barnstaple EX32 8LN, UK

Andrew Cartwright avatarAndrew Cartwright
2 weeks ago
We visited the museum during a trip to Barnstaple. Entry is free, and upon arrival you'll be greeted by museum staff / volunteers – you can then follow the route round the museum. For the kids, they will give you a little sheet of questions of things to find out in each room (you can hand this in on completion for entry to win a book).On the ground floor (or about half way round museum) there is a small cafe for refreshments. The museum also has loos (a must with the kids!) and a temporary exhibit room (which on our visit was a more hands on for kids thing about wildlife).A great museum and well worth a visit if in the area!!
Nirmal Daniel avatarNirmal Daniel
in the last week
We visited while we were on holidays in Devon. We particularly enjoyed the art by Clive Cobb and our kids took part in the art workshop run by Nicole. We also went around the museum and did the little quiz for kids. The wildlife exhibition was very informative. A perfect day out for us. We wished we had more time to spend in the museum!
Glyn Laffan avatarGlyn Laffan
a month ago
An unexpected delight thoroughly enjoyed my visit there and learnt so much. Will definitely be giving the museum another visit.
Louise McLaren avatarLouise McLaren
5 months ago
Fantastic little museum. It may be small in size but there’s lots of different things to see. Ideal for adults and children. Something for everyone. Highly recommend.
Maria Williams avatarMaria Williams
in the last week
Love our local museum, seem to learn something new each time. The cafe is lovely, I had a lovely cheese and chutney sandwich, lovely fresh bread and the chutney was delicious. My boys were speechless when their ice cream sundaes arrived, they were delicious, they gave them 10 out of 10 and 11 out of 10 😊
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