history museums in Dartmoor & SW Devon
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Dartmoor & SW Devon Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Dartmoor & SW Devon...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Dartmoor & SW Devon Museums and Galleries

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Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13&9AF
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FREE ADMISSION - The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is the South West's largest contemporary craft centre, with Gallery, Craft Shop.

The Terrace café offers a wonderful selection of both hot and cold lunches made where possible from locally sourced produce and served in the Grade II listed Riverside Mill overlooking Dartmoor or on the outdoor terrace during the summer months.

There is a frequently changing programme of various exhibitions and events throughout the year displaying a wide range of crafts including sculpture, jewellery and textiles, photography and digital work.

The Guild is also an educational charity and aims to enhance understanding of craft and design to all learners with its outreach programme and in-house workshops and talks. These are run throughout the year and are open to all!
Tel: 01626 832223
E-mail: devonguild@crafts.org.uk
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The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS
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All sorts of fascinating exhibits, including a lovely antique marble making machine and a huge collection of toys and games dating back as far as the 3rd Century BC.

Press the buttons on our Marble Runs and watch them roll. Designed by a Swiss artist using incredible precision to keep the marbles on their different tracks. Monster Marble run…no one can resist this massive structure, it's hypnotic and you won't be able to tear the children away.

In the Glass Museum you will find both ancient and modern glassware and discover the ancient methods of glassmaking, which are still used today. Set in the heart of the old pottery buildings, our restaurant prides itself in serving freshly prepared food from local farms and suppliers.
Tel: 01626 835285    Fax: 01626 835315
E-mail: enquiries@houseofmarbles.com
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Overbeck's Museum & Garden

Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW
Tel: 01548 842893    Fax: 01548 845020     E-mail: overbecks@nationaltrust.org.uk

Overbeck's - Photo: Brian CCL


Elegant Edwardian house with diverse collections and luxuriant garden.

The scientist Otto Overbeck lived here from 1928 to 1937 and the Museum has the domestic atmosphere of a private house.

Among the items on show are late 19th-century photographs of the area, model ships, local shipbuilding tools and other nautical artefacts, toys, shells, stuffed animals and some of Overbeck's inventions, including the rejuvenator'.


The beautiful Mediterranean-style garden, with spectacular views over the Salcombe estuary, enjoys a warm microclimate and so is home to many rare plants, trees and shrubs.

Discount National Trust Membership

Overbeck's Garden -
Photo: David Smith CCL

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Barometer World

Quicksilver Barn, Merton, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 3DS
Tel: 01805 603443     Fax: 01805 603344
E-mail: barometers@barometerworld.co.uk

Barometer World logs the progress and development of domestic barometers from circa 1680 up to the present day.

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Morwellham Quay

Near Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL
Enquiries: 01822 832766    Information: 01822 833808    Fax: 01822 833808
E-mail: info@morwellham-quay.co.uk

An award-winning, museum and visitor centre based around the historic port and mine workings on the River Tamar.

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Museum of Dartmoor Life

West Street, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1HQ
Tel: 01837 52295

Rural life on Dartmoor 100 years ago. Could you cope?

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