history museums in Exeter & East Devon
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Exeter & East Devon Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Exeter & East 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.

Exeter & East Devon Museums and Galleries

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Hope Cottage, Church Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8LY
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Based in a Regency cottage, the Museum chronicles the development of Sidmouth from fishing village through Regency & Victorian times to modern day.

240 million years of history are explored through a combination of artefacts in our Land and Man room together with an up to date Jurassic Coast interpretation of our unique World Heritage Coast. As well as permanent displays, annual exhibitions are devoted to celebrate events and anniversaries both locally and national.

FREE ENTRY - Museum open from April to November, closed on Sundays.
Tel: 01395 516139See our website

blank tabTOPSHAM MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
25 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0AX

Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th Century Buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary and located between Exmouth and Exeter. As well as the furnished period rooms of the house, visitors can also enjoy the displays of local history with a maritime background. Other interesting exhibits include wildlife of the Exe Estuary and memorabilia of Vivien Leigh, the film star. Special exhibition for 2009- ''In conjunction with the Meteorological Office - Weather in Topsham. Award winning extension new river gallery showing boats of the River Exe.
Tel: 01392 873244
E-mail: museum@topsham.org
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tabWORLD OF COUNTRY LIFEMuseums & Galleries
Westdown Farm, Westdown Lane, Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BU
Located at Sandy Bay in Exmouth, on the beautiful world heritage Jurassic coast, the team here at World of Country Life are looking forward to making your day out to the Park a very special experience. Just some of the attractions and activities you and your family can enjoy by choosing the World of Country Life to have a great day out include: A chance to get up close, feed and get to know our animal friends from the farm! Meet the team at the Hawkridge birds of prey centre. A fantastic walk through "days gone by" in the memorabilia. And not forgetting the classic car and motorbike exhibitions and the biggest display of steam engines in the South West! It's impossible to list everything to be found and experienced at the World of Country Life.
Tel: 01395 274533
E-mail: info@worldofcountrylife.co.uk
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Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

We are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm and closed Mondays and bank holidays. The museum is full of fascinating objects. Many areas of the collection are of national and international importance - the World Cultures Collection achieved Designated Collection status to mark its outstanding importance. Sixteen galleries of free displays - from Exeter around the world and from prehistory to the present, include archaeology, ceramics, clocks, watches and timekeeping, fine art, geology, glassware, local history, natural history, silver and world cultures. Our prestigious galleries feature top touring shows and choice displays from Exeter's own collection. The busy year-round programme means you see something different every time you visit. There's plenty to keep all ages amused with quizzes and trails, touch screen computers and hands-on activities. There's a baby changing facility, a level access for pushchairs, seats in the galleries and our cafe welcomes families.
Tel: 01392 265858
E-mail: ramm@exeter.gov.uk
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Allhallows Museum of Lace & Local Antiquities

High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1PG
Tel: 01404 44966     E-mail: info@honitonmuseum.co.uk

Allhallows is situated in the centre of Honiton high Street, next to St. Paul's Church. part of the museum is the former Allhallows Chapel, dating from the 13th century. In a town famous for lace-making, Allhallows has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world. There are daily lace-making demonstrations throughout June, July and August. There are further displays of local interest including geology and the world wars. For 2011 No Admission Fees, as we are celebrating our 65th anniversary.

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Seaton Museum

Town Hall, Fore Street, Seaton     E-mail: avha@seatonmuseum.co.uk

The museum concentrates on the lower Axe Valley and also includes the adjacent villages of Beer, Axmouth, Branscombe, Colyton and Colyford. Seaton museum is well known for it's excellent collection of old photographs of the area. These come mainly from the E.S. Gosling collection. There are many other displays including; The Roman site at Honeyditches, The Natural History of the area and a display of Victorian costumes. All are well worth a visit.

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Exmouth Museum

Sheppards Row, Off Exeter Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1PW
Tel: 01395 263785      E-mail: exmouth@devonmuseums.net

Exmouth Museum is situated in Sheppards Row, off Exeter Road in former town council stables and adjoining cottage. A treasure-house of objects relating to old Exmouth, the museum features a 1930's living room and a Victorian kitchen. Wartime Exmouth and the maritime and natural history of the Exe Estuary are explored along with local lace-making, demonstrations of which are held weekly. The Museum is Open from April to October inclusive.

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Fairlynch Art Centre & Museum

27 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NP
Tel: 01395 442666

Just a short walk from the seafront, Fairlynch was built in 1811 and is believed to be the only thatched museum in the country. Fairlynch has a very fine collection of costume and fascinating displays of local interest - social history, geology, the Budleigh Salterton Railway, natural history and lace-making. There are regular lace-making demonstrations, a local history study room and a changing programme of special exhibitions each season.

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1LX
Tel: 01404 45006

The Gallery incorporates a changing display of paintings by Thelma Hulbert together with temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and craft. East Devon District Council bought the Elmfield House in 1995 following the death of Thelma Hulbert who had lived and worked in Honiton.

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