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
7 months 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!!
John Willis avatarJohn Willis
2 weeks ago
It's a really enjoyable visit here. So much to see and learn. Visited with family, including a 9 year old who loved it all. The staff are really knowledgeable and keen to help. Loved the train section and the photography exhibition was lovely too.The wealth of exhibitions on show, along with all the interactive sections and videos makes it accessible to anyone.A little tea room and also WiFi is available and good quality.Great activity to do when in Barnstaple or if you are finding a rainy day activity for kids.I would encourage people to visit here, councils will look to close places like this over time as funding gets tight – it's already happened in Birmingham this year with 50% cuts in 2024 and then 100% cuts in 2025.
Flip Walkers avatarFlip Walkers
2 months ago
An excellent building full of interesting things about Barnstaple and surrounding areas. Awesome staircase. Plus a great place to meet for coffee or tea
Bryan Hutchinson avatarBryan Hutchinson
4 months ago
Free local museum, packed with local history. Well curated near railway station & town centre. Well worth a visit
Meryl Tanton avatarMeryl Tanton
6 months ago
First time visiting, some really good, well thought out displays, very interesting. Would recommend a visit.
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