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Devonian Monsters

27th April, 2024-6th July, 2024

Step back 400 million years ago to a time long before the dinosaurs. Encounter a world filled with curious creatures that lived in the geological…

Katy Lee – Going on Taw

18th May, 2024-6th July, 2024

Going on Taw is an 18-month storytelling & poetry project that travelled the length of the River Taw from Source to Sea – culminating in…

Curious Creators: Turner in Barnstaple – Watercolour Mayhem

31st July, 2024-31st July, 2024

Join us for an exciting start to our Turner in Barnstaple themed Curious Creator sessions!

Curious Creators: Colour Science with Devon Science

7th August, 2024-7th August, 2024

Join Devon Science (formerly Sciencedipity) for some exciting colour science, as we explore Turner in Barnstaple this August!

Curious Creators: Building LEGO® Bridges – Stemgineering with Nick

14th August, 2024-14th August, 2024

Join us for morning or afternoon session, exploring Turner and the Barnstaple Long Bridge through LEGO®!

Curious Creators: Experimental Landscapes with Ruth Bateman

28th August, 2024-28th August, 2024

Taking inspiration from Turner’s dramatic sea paintings, come and have a go at replicating a Turner inspired waves, or try your hand at creating a…

Turner in Barnstaple

20th July, 2024-12th October, 2024

Turner in Barnstaple - coming to the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon - Summer 2024.

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 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.

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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