Museums and Groups in Devon

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Devon. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).


Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Barnstaple Museum tells the story of North Devon. The collections and displays cover the natural and human history of this beautiful part of the country.

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

The museum displays archaeological collections of locally excavated objects from the City of Plymouth, West Devon and the South Hams. Items include prehistoric artefacts from Dartmoor, important Bronze Age and Iron Age material from Mount Batten and medieval and post-medieval finds from Plymouth. Additionally, the museum holds material from Cornwall and elsewhere in Britain.

Princetown Visitor Centre

Princetown Visitor Centre was once home to Conan Doyle as he wrote the Hound of the Baskervilles; it now hosts a variety of exhibitions and displays including several antiquities.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

For 150 years the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter has collected archaeology from the city of Exeter. The collection includes finds from the Roman fortress and town, the important medieval Cathedral city, and the prosperous Tudor city. The Seaton Roman coin hoard is on display here (PAS-D7EA4C).

Tiverton Museum

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a fascinating museum with large collections relating to the history of Mid Devon.The Willand post-medieval silver coin hoard is on display here (DEV-A675E3).

Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum holds over 5,000 archaeological specimens from Torbay and sites around South Devon. The collections are predominantly prehistoric, but also include some Dark Age items and finds from Medieval Torre Abbey. Some of the most important objects in the collection have come from the numerous cave sites located in this part of Devon, including the largest collection of tools and finds from nearby Kents Cavern, which numbers over 1,600 artefacts.


Societies & Organisations

A list of local history and archaeology societies in Devon is maintained by Local History Online here.