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

It's free to enter. I came across this museum by accident near the estuary. The lady at the entrance was so lovely and allowed us in with our support Yorkie. The museum was fascinating with something for all ages and I loved exploring the variety in each room. Brilliant place lovely staff and just a credit to Barnstaple. Excellent 5*
Peter Thorpe avatarPeter Thorpe
a week ago
The volunteer staff are amazing, cheerful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Great museum and the cafe offers good coffee and cakes.
Andrew Cartwright avatarAndrew Cartwright
11 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!!
Free entry, over an hour's worth of interesting exhibits, clean loos, restaurant looked good so I will try it next time.
Antony Socrates avatarAntony Socrates
2 weeks ago
Impressive and free museum with 2 floors of displays and a cafe on site. Lots of history including a room on railways in North Devon. Friendly and helpful staff. Toilet on site.
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