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Situated in our Long Bridge Wing extension the temporary exhibition programme showcases a combination of annual opens, historical commemorations and celebrated Barumites.


Recent exhibitions have included An Eye For Life: James Ravilious and the Royal Academist F. R. Lee, featuring loaned works from the V&A Museum, Tate and Royal Academy.


Our permanent exhibition galleries display a cross section of the 80,000 objects in the collections.  From the formation of the area’s geology to 20th Century life in North Devon.


Highlights include the regimental collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry, North Devon Art Pottery and the arts and crafts furniture of Shapland and Petter.

North Devon in 100 Objects

17/07/2021  -  08/01/2022

North Devon in 100 Objects celebrates the finest items in our collections, telling the greatest stories of our people and region.

The Leach Potters of North Devon

31/07/2021  -  02/10/2021

Celebrating the ‘Leach tradition’ in North Devon and how international design influenced both father and son's work.


Portraiture Drawing with Hester Berry


Costs: £50

Join renowned artist Hester Berry in this workshop learning the fundamental techniques of portraiture. No previous experience is necessary.

Philip Leach: A North Devon Potter


Costs: £5

Philip Leach discusses his early influences and shares the highlights of his celebrated pottery career.

The Big Draw @ the Museum


Costs: Free

Join us for a #MakeTheChange focused day of fun. Create a poster, tote bag or draw a portrait of someone who changed history!

Permanent Displays

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.

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.

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.

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 Biosphere

Permanent Display

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

Pre-History Rocks

Permanent Display

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

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.

Athenaeum Library

Permanent Display

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

Google Arts & Culture

Explore online exhibitions, highlighted collections and object focused stories on our Google partner page.

Keith Abraham Community Gallery

The community gallery provides groups and organisations the opportunity to showcase a project, celebrate local heritage or commemorate an anniversary.

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