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The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

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Very interesting.

Wonderful History of the area including Pottery and Pewter which help make Barnstaple famous. Lots... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Northam, United Kingdom
Main museum undergoing major renovation

Currently there is temporary pop-up exhibition located in the tourist office where the staff are... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Ronald D
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“stair lift”(6 reviews)
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The Square | Beside the River Taw and not far from Rock Park which is at the end of Taw Vale, Barnstaple EX32 8LN, England
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All reviews local history stair lift world war sea life two floors well worth a visit north devon art pottery interesting exhibits early history pre history situated right packed full beautiful building free entry information centre limited space
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

Been here a few occasssions the exhibits rarely change and are not very engaging or interactive, It doesn't hold a light to exeter museum or even bideford's burton art gallery which hosts a small museum and often exhibits touring exhabitions. They are currently doing some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Scenic16895083884, Manager at The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello VegaininDevon, Thank you your feedback, sorry you felt there wasn't much for the 'little ones' to do. If you visited before the museum closed to the public in May we were concentrating on our exciting new lottery funded extension which will open in summer...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

Wonderful History of the area including Pottery and Pewter which help make Barnstaple famous. Lots of Maritime information Artefacts. A must to educate children.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Currently there is temporary pop-up exhibition located in the tourist office where the staff are very informative. Presently they are trying to capture loads of local history from all around the area for the next generation to enjoy. Hands on exhibitions for children to enjoy.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Find out about Barnstaple and it's surounding areas. Lots of artefacts and children can do acavity sheets.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Candida M
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

I went into the temporary Pop-up to access the Tourist Information and was impressed by the helpful staff (mostly volunteers!). They accessed what I needed straight away & even offered advice. Excellent customer service 😊

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank loobyloo196
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We were of course disappointed to learn once in town, that the well reputed (large & free as well) Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is undergoing a complete restarting including bote the premises and inclusions. Potential visitors (there's much else in town) are advised...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Th museum was very interesting and informative, unfortunately the staff in the museum (also a tourist information center) were not very helpful. I asked them about walks in the area, the lady who answered was obviously more interested in gossiping with the other staff than...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Tracy A
Reviewed 9 April 2018

We took our 7 year old grandson here on a rainy holiday day. He was most fascinated by the skeleton, and interested in the write up about it. We enjoyed looking round the other exhibits and displays, and then went upstairs to do some Easter...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Christine K
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Great way to spend a wet Devon morning with lively 2 & 4 year old they loved the undersea room and Barney the mechanical elephant the 2 year old spent ages opening the spice drawers and seeing what was inside and the tea shop does...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jan G
Reviewed 2 April 2018

A small museum with lots of history of the town, and its free as well. The staff were very friendly and helpful and must love their job as they were volunteers.Lovely little cafe there as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank MaryHowells
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Response from blueberrybelle | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any dogs in there. I can't imagine that they generally would, unless they are hearing dogs or seeing dogs (I'm sorry there is a phrase for those types of dogs but I can't recall it )