"Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon" North Devon Museum Tip by johngayton
North Devon Museum, Barnstaple: 1 reviews and 5 photos
This is pretty much a perfect small town museum with a wealth of local information regarding the town itself as well as the surrounding area. The exhibitions, over two floors, cover every aspect of Barnstaple and North Devon's history commencing with the archeological and geographic and then following the human story from prehistory through to the present day.
In addition to the insight into people's lives there are also a couple of rooms devoted to the the area's natural history with the Tarka Gallery introducing the fascinatingly diverse ecology of the countryside and its many rivers and a room dedicated to the marine life found off the coast.
On the upper floor there is a room dedicated to temporary exhibitions which include showcases of local artists, the annual photography competition as well as more museum-style presentations (at the time of writing (Oct 2008) this is an exhibition entitled "A Harvest of Jugs" which features a fine array of the vessels comissioned from local potters by the local farmers for the pouring of the celebratory ales and ciders at the traditional supper at the end of the harvest.
Whilst this isn't a particularly large museum it is well worth an hour or two of anyone's time and also doubles up as the local tourist information centre.
The museum (and information centre) is open year-round Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm (except Christmas week) and admission is free.
Address: The Square, Barnstaple
Directions: At the town end of "The Long Bridge", quite literally on The Square.
Phone: 01271 346747
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