history museums in North Devon
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North Devon Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in North 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.

North Devon Museums and Galleries

The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1AA
The Bakehouse Centre was converted from a bake house and two cottages to house today's Museum & Information Centre, reflecting the early origins of Braunton, from the arrival of St. Brannock from South Wales in the sixth century, through to the agricultural and later maritime heritage. The Great Field, one of only two early Saxon strip-farming systems in England is close by and even more remarkable, it's still in operation today! While you are here why not visit the vantage point on Beacon Hill, and be rewarded with wonderful views of the whole area including Braunton Burrows, Appledore and the estuaries of the Taw and the Torridge. Information services of the local attractions and activities are now available here. We are now responsible for running the Visit Braunton website too.
Tel: 01271 816688
E-mail: brauntonmuseum@yahoo.co.uk

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Odun House, Odun Road, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PT

The North Devon Maritime Museum is in a fine listed building with items from our local seafaring past, models and photographs of sail and steam vessels, shipbuilding, fishing, wreck and rescue. World War ll Display.
Tel: 01237 422064
E-mail: info@northdevonmaritimemuseum.co.uk
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Eberleigh House, Cross Street, Combe Martin, Devon, EX34 0DH

A small but fabulous museum that illustrates Combe Martin's history via displays of artefacts, photographs, maps and pictures of the old village industries, silver mining, lime quarrying and burning, agriculture and horticulture, together with details of its maritime history. Copy shop with internet access, A3 and A4 photocopying, scanning, direct photocopying, photo printing, and laminating. Educational facilities for schools. Makaton friendly, we are now a MLA accredited museum. Coffee mornings and free museum entry every second Tuesday throughout the year. Seashore Safaris and lots of children's activities!
Tel: 01271 889031
E-mail: combemartinmuseum@googlemail.com
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Ilfracombe Museum

Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AF
Tel: 01271 863541   E-mail: ilfracombe@devonmuseums.net

Ilfracombe Museum boasts a fascinating collection of over 20,000 items of natural history, Victoriana, maritime, minerals, archaeology, maps, paintings, photos, militaria and costume related to local history, all lovingly gathered by curators and trustees for over 65 years. Ilfracombe Museum also offers a brass rubbing centre.

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South Molton & District Museum

within Town Hall, 5 Broad Street, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AB
Tel: 01769 572951    E-mail: info@southmoltonmuseum.org

In 1987 this museum won an illustrated London News award for the best small museum of the year. It displays offer a most coherent story line of the life and times of the town and the surrounding district, with items and photographs depicting domestic activities, trades, industry and farming.

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Torrington Museum

High Street, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HN
Tel: 01805 626140    Fax: 01805 626142
: info@great-torrington.com

A fascinating Free Museum giving an insight into a small country town in Devon over the centuries. Law & Order. Agriculture. Transport. Old Postcards. Domestic Life. Local Industries.

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Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

The Square, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8LN
Tel: 01271 346747   E-mail: musuem@northdevon.gov.uk

A visit to this museum is the perfect way to get to know the area's landscape, wildlife, history and culture. In The Story of North Devon, special effects and hands-on activity help you find out about life from prehistoric to Victorian times.

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Cobbaton Combat Collection

Cobbaton, Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9RZ
Tel: 01769 540740   E-mail: info@cobbatoncombat.co.uk

This military museum covers mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the Gulf War. This collection ranges from military surplus tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs, to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms, and blackout lamps.

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Bideford Railway Museum

Tel: 01237 423585

This is situated at Bideford's former railway station and consists of a number of railway vehicles, artefacts and displays of local railway interest. There is also a gift shop, refreshment area and information about The Tarka Trail. Free admission.

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Barometer World & Museum

Tel: 01805 603443

Edwin Banfield, a retired Bank Manager, started this remarkable collection in 1971 and is an internationally renowned collector and prolific author on the subject f barometers. Over the years he has gathered together this fascinating collection of traditional mercury and aneroid barometers, barographs and pocket barometers. There is also a good selection of barometers available for sale, many of which make fascinating gifts.

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Lyn & Exmoor Museum

Tel: 01598 752225

St Vincent's Cottage is probably the oldest domestic building in Lynton an now houses a charming collection of curiosities, kitchen appliances, agricultural tools, printed ephemera, memorabilia and local historical items. Founded in 1962 the museum focuses on local history and events, including The Lynmouth Flood Disaster of 1952 and a model of the Lynton to Barnstaple railway.

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Elliott Gallery

Tel: 01271 812100

Here at the Elliott Gallery is an exciting art exhibition that the more discerning person will not want to miss. It contains one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of quality paintings, sculpture and craftwork in all North Devon. Much of the artwork displayed is for sale at unusually competitive prices.

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Dartington Glass

Great Torrington, Devon
Tel: 01805 626244

Molten glass, red-hot from the furnace, is transformed into fragile goblets, vases, jugs and many other kinds of lead crystal glassware, under the gaze of visitors in the viewing galleries of Dartington Glass. It takes as many as 11 glassblowers to shape an intricate piece, but even the simplest tumbler requires the labours of a team of six under the supervision of a master blower.

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