history museums in Exmoor & West Somerset
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Exmoor & West Somerset Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Exmoor & West Somerset...

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.

Exmoor & West Somerset Museums and Galleries

blank tabWATCHET BOAT MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Harbour Road, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ
Displays of flatner boats, plus nets and other items associated with their use, maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy.

Activities include a small rope making machine for making skipping-ropes, plus block and tackle where even the smallest child can lift more than expected!

Play boat complete with Pirate hats for kids to enjoy!

Open everyday 2-4pm from Easter to the end of September.
Tel: 01984 634242
E-mail: info@wbm.org.uk
Book online or find more info - WATCHET BOAT MUSEUM

blank tabALLERFORD RURAL LIFE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Just off the A39 between Minehead and Porlock

Thousands of items related to everyday rural life and crafts. West Somerset Photograph Archive. Victorian Schoolroom - children may dress up and write on slates. Schools and large parties by prior arrangement. Open April to the end of October - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 10.30am to 4.00pm; Sunday - 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Tel: 01643 862529
E-mail: enquiries@allerfordmuseum.org.uk
See our website

Dunster Dolls Museum

Dunster Memorial Hall Committee, 17 High Street, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6SF
Tel: 01643 821220      Web: www.somerset.gov.uk

Over 800 dolls from many periods and countries, in varied costumes.

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Dunster Working Water Mill

Mill Lane, Dunster, nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SW
Tel: 01643 821759     Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Fully restored watermill, mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Lyn and Exmoor Museum

St Vincent's Cottage, Market Street, Lynton, North Devon, EX35 6AF
Tel: 01598 752225     E-mail: lynton@devonmuseums.net
Web: www.devonmuseums.net

Housed in Lynton's oldest surviving home, this is a rural museum with a collection of agricultural and domestic tools from Lynton and Exmoor.

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Porlock Museum

Dovery Manor, Doverhay, Porlock, Minehead TA24 8PS
Tel: 01643 862316

Local, Social and Natural History of Porlock, housed in a 15thC Manor building.

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The Bakelite Museum

Orchard Mill, Williton, Somerset, TA44NS
Tel: 01984 632133     Web: www.bakelitemuseum.co.uk

The largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain, tea rooms, vintage caravans, rural life collection and play area.

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The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

Washford Station, Watchet, TA23 0PP
Tel: 01984 640869     E-mail: info@sdrt.org
Web: www.sdrt.org

Railway relics, including a complete signal box, mainly from the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

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Watchet Market House Museum

Market Street, Watchet, TA23 0AN
Tel: 01984 632266    

Fossils, flints, Saxon coins, artefacts, paintings, photographs, models of Watchet's social Maritime industrial heritage.

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