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About Us

The museum tells the stories of the people and landscapes of North Devon. We are part of North Devon Council, caring for the collections for the benefit of our local community and offering free admission all year round. The museum includes twelve permanent galleries, an annual temporary exhibitions and events programme, shop and Bromley's tea-room. Our organisation provides 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

Meet the staff and volunteers who help care for and run out Grade II listed building and its collections.

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.

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