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“History brought to life”

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

Just over from the imperial Hotel and clocktower is a fascinating slice of historical Devon. It ranges from the local history, the industries which were peculiar to Devon such as farming and also the sea life and rock formations. The cafe and shop are very welcoming and friendly. we booked to go to Lundy island from here a few years ago. There is a wealth of information and assistance is at hand for any query!

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

The Barnstaple Museum is free, situated next to the retail area, it contains a shop, tearoom and the information centre. Various exhibits relating to local history, unusual in that you have to various doors to find out information. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

I'd describe the museum as "quirky". It's not large and I got the impression that, were it not for the volunteers, the place woudl struggle to stay open in today's economic climate. The exhibits are well laid out given the limited space and there were plenty of things for children I saw visiting the museum, to get involved in. Volunteer staff were friendly and helpful. The building is fronted by a delightful open space and there's a lovely walk alongside the estuary.

Thank Liz G
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

When it rained we visited the museum. It was informative but dull. Needs more pizazz. It was not an engaging museum.

Thank KMAH1
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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Free entrance fee, some very interesting displays, found the history of the Barnstaple elephant fascinating.
The museum shop has quality items, we found a book about "Exploring Barnstaple" very useful.
The tea shop that forms part of the museum is exceptional, good quality of food and drink, at reasonable prices.

Thank DickyTrowbridge
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