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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.

Documentary Photography Open 2022 – Our Environment


The theme for the Documentary Photography Open 2022 is announced! Free to enter with a public prize of £300.

Busy Hands: What the Shappie Boys did next


Busy Hands showcases the ex-employees of Shapland and Petter who still use their wood-working skills today.

North Devon in 100 Objects

17/07/2021  -  05/02/2022

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


Introduction to Printing @ the Museum

05/02/2022  -  12/03/2022

Costs: £60.00

Come and try your hand at printmaking with Double Elephant Print Workshop and take home a selection of beautiful prints.

Finds Day


Costs: Free

Have you found something special that needs identifying? Bring it along to our Finds Day at the museum.

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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