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

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in South 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.

South East Devon Museums and Galleries

80 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0BS

NOT TO BE MISSED! The Valiant Soldier is a former pub that closed in the 1960s and not one thing was packed up or thrown away. The pub lay forgotten for thirty years. Eventually it came on the open market and the local people realised that the Valiant Solider was now a special and important place. It's now an intriguing all-weather family attraction. You can see period public bar and lounge, plus domestic rooms including a kitchen, scullery, parlour and bedrooms. New for 2014: We will be holding a World War 1 exhibition with a wide variety of interesting artefacts that will run for the next 3 years.
Tel: 01364 644522See our website

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29 French Street, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8ST

Teignmouth Museum is situated opposite the railway station and first opened in 1976. There is a fascinating collection of artefacts from the famous Armada period vessel, wrecked off the Church Rocks. There are lots of other exhibits too! Teignmouth's Railway history from Brunel's atmospheric railway up to the 1950s. New to the collection is an oil painting of Teignmouth Beach (1829) by the renowned marine painter Thomas Luny. You will always have an excuse to re-visit this museum because some of the exhibition space is used for frequently changing temporary displays.
Tel: 01626 777041
E-mail: info@teignheritage.org.uk
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Newton Abbot Town & Great Western Railway Museum

2a St. Pauls Rd, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2HP
Tel: 01626 201121     E-mail: museum@newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk

This is a small vibrant museum which changes its exhibitions on an annual basis so there is always something new to see. The museum has a wealth of artefacts from the era of the GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY, and taking pride of place is a working signal box, giving you the opportunity to experience some of the thrill of the great days of the steam railway. The museum has an interesting collection of recordings, so you can hear the recollections of the real people for whom the railway was a way of life. For more information see website.

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Torquay Museum

529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG
Tel: 01803 293975     E-mail: chandlerb1@ukonline.co.uk

At Torquay Museum you can take a journey into the town's fascinating past. Find out more about local wildlife, famous people and Torquay through the ages and don't miss the unique Agatha Christie Exhibition. The museum was founded in 1844 by Torquay Natural History Society and is Devon's oldest museum. It houses the foremost collection of Kents Cavern artefacts, and papers from the famous archaeological excavation by William Pengelly. Other collections include items relating to ethnography, archaeology, geology and social history. The Museum is teaming up with Kents Cavern in a discounted joint ticket, available in August, offering great value for those visiting the neighbouring two attractions.

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Century of Playtime

30 Winner St, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3BJ
Tel: 01803 403017

Come and browse around and step back into your childhood. This is a museum that has gone back in time, and put together a wonderful collection of toys from years gone by. From Dolls to Cars to Teletubbies to Wombles.

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Totnes Elizabethan Museum

70 Fore St, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5RU
Tel: 01803 863821     E-mail: totnessmuseum@btconnect.com

The Museum is housed in an authentic Elizabethan Merchant's house. The house was built around 1575 for the Kelland family. The museum contains diverse collections relating to the Social and cultural history of Totnes with objects ranging from railway memorabilia to toys and dolls and local archaeology collections. The main exhibit is the house itself which is a beautiful Elizabethan house containing architectural features dating back to the construction of the house.

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Brixham Heritage Museum

Bolton Cross, New Rd, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8LZ
Tel: 01803 856267     E-mail: mail@brixhamheritage.org.uk

Step into the past: history of the fishing port of Brixham, 19thC ships' instruments and tools, models, memorabilia, social history, costume and lace, also local regalia, transport room settings and audio displays. The Berry Head fort conditions in the 19th Century and kids go free.

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