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Barnstaple museum is the perfect way to find out more about North Devon. Our collections and displays cover the natural and human history of this beautiful part of the country.

Covid-19 Your Story

Covid-19 has dramatically changed our home life, employment and communities. The museum is asking for your help to record North Devon's Covid-19 stories.

Your story can be big or small, poignant or creative. Whatever you choose to contribute, will help us to record this unprecedented time within our local history.

Submit your story here!


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James Ravilious: An Eye for Life

James Ravilious took over 80,000 black and white images in North Devon of all aspects of local life. This free exhibition runs from 1st February – 30th May 2020

Click on our 'What's On' tab to see full details!

Documentary Photography Open: Next Year's Theme!

Are you a budding amateur, seasoned professional or a passionate local photography group? The theme for the annual Documentary Photography Open exhibition has been announced for 2021. Click on the link below for next years application, theme and prize!

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Photograph Credit James Ravilious/Beaford Arts

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We are working on it!

Since the change in government guidelines the museum has been busy making plans to re-open whilst providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our volunteers and visitors. In the coming weeks we will be announcing our reopening date. Further information on what to expect will be available on our website.

Until then if you have a tourist information enquiry or museum request please ring the museum on 01271 346747 or email

Thank you for your patience and see you all soon!

The Museum Team.