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About Us

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon tells the stories of the people and landscapes of North Devon. We are part of North Devon Council, caring for our collections for the benefit of our local community and offering free admission all year round. Our collections include everything from our most ancient rocks to contemporary artworks. We have twelve permanent galleries and an annual temporary exhibitions and events programme as well as a shop and the Bromley's at the Museum tea-room. Through our organisation and resources we provide support for local schools, groups and other museums in North Devon.

Our History

The prominent museum building on the Square was built for William Thorne, in 1872. Thorne was a quarry owner and operator of the horse-drawn railway to Fremington Quay.

Our Staff And Volunteers

MBND Development Trust

The MBND Trust was set up in 2014 with the aim of supporting the museum in its duties of curation and education.

Our Collections

The Museum was established in 1989, bringing together the collections of the North Devon Athenaeum and the Borough Museum in St. Anne’s Chapel.

Our Polices And Plans

The Museum looks to reinforce the belief that the collections belong to North Devon and to promote a feeling of ownership of the same.

South West Museum Development

Museum Manager Alison Mills is Museum Development Officer for North Devon and Torridge and can provide support for your museum.

Hire the Learning Room

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