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FREE Covid Quilt Workshop – Drop In

13th December, 2023-13th December, 2023

Join us for a FREE Drop In Covid Quilt Workshop at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, taking place on Wednesday 13th December 2023,…

Christmas in Devon, 1600-2023 – a talk by Dr Todd Gray

16th December, 2023-16th December, 2023

This talk by Dr Todd Gray will explored Christmas in Devon over the last 400 years.

FREE Moon Making Workshop – Drop In

16th December, 2023-16th December, 2023

Join us for a FREE Drop In Moon Making Workshop at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, taking place on Saturday 16th December 2023,…

FREE Christmas Craft Workshop – Drop In

20th December, 2023-20th December, 2023

Join us for a FREE Drop In Christmas Craft Workshop at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, taking place on Wednesday 20th December 2023,…

Riverwoods – Film Screening

13th January, 2024-13th January, 2024

Join us for a film screening of 'Riverwoods - An Untold Story'. The screening will start at 2pm on Saturday 13th January 2024.

Victorian Barnstaple Symposium

27th January, 2024-27th January, 2024

A day of talks, led by Dr Todd Gray and Dr Sadru Bhanji to accompany the museum’s exhibition Barnstaple Prisoners: Unveiling Barnstaple’s Victorian underclass 1867-…

Wilfred Avery and the Unpredictable Image (1926 – 2016)

14th October, 2023-27th January, 2024

Devon-born Wilfred Avery (1926-2016) tackled just two subjects in his career: landscape and the male body. The inspiration he found in his childhood landscape became…

Barnstaple Prisoners: unveiling Barnstaple’s Victorian underclass 1867- 1877

2nd December, 2023-17th February, 2024

Come and explore Barnstaple’s hidden underclass at the Barnstaple and North Devon Museum. Life was very hard for working-class people during the 19th century. This…

Documentary Photography Open 2024 – Speaking Out: Changing Times

10th February, 2024-13th April, 2024

The Museum's annual photography competition is now open, with the theme for this year being 'Speaking Out: Changing Times'.

North Devon Biosphere

Permanent Display

The gallery celebrates the 55 square mile UNESCO Biosphere Reserve including Braunton Burrows and Lundy Island.

Athenaeum Library

Permanent Display

The Athenaeum Library holds original objects and publications from the museum's earliest collections.

Military Rooms

Permanent Display

Commemorating the Royal Devon Yeomanry and Devonshire Regiment's roles in both World Wars.

Railway Room

Permanent Display

Featuring the award winning 'Somweir Junction' model railway, the room tells the history of local scenic railways.

Welcome Hall

Permanent Display

The Welcome Hall features paintings of local scenes and notables of the past with some of the best of Brannam's pottery.

Shapland and Petter

Permanent Display

Barnstaple's largest employer of the 20th century, the S&P gallery includes some of their finest Arts and Crafts furniture.

Pre-History Rocks

Permanent Display

Significant geology and mineral collections feature among the oldest inhabitant of the town, Barney the Elephant.

North Devon in the 20th Century

Permanent Display

The 20th Century gallery features local iconic objects and people’s personal experiences living in North Devon.

North Devon Art Pottery

Permanent Display

The museum holds one of the countries finest collections of North Devon Pottery from the medieval period to present day.

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