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Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Exeter's RAMM - Museum of the Year 2012

Heart of Devon Museums & Galleries

The Heart of Devon has a wonderful mix of museums and galleries, many of which are free to visit. Exhibitions range from displays of local Devon life through history, to major national touring exhibitions.

Museums in Exeter include the excellent Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, re-opened at the end of 2011 after a major refurbishment. The new museum is home to stunning displays and prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners. Families will also love nearby St Nicholas Priory, a histoic Benedictine Priory now presented as an Elizabethan town house, and the medieval Exeter's Underground Passages beneath the city's streets!

Film buffs should head to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, with an internationally renowned collection ranging from shadow puppets to the golden age of Hollywood! A little further afield, the historic estuary town of Topsham is home to The Art Room Topsham, an independent gallery on the historic quay, and Topsham Museum, housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary.

Near Exeter, the National Trust Killerton House exhibits one of the best collections of historical fashion in the south west, and the beautiful Fursdon House is one of Devon's oldest family homes, open to the public on specific afternoons between Easter and the end of August.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey holds fascinating exhibitions of arts and crafts, with related events throughout the year, or visit the innovative Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World at Haldon Forest Park, an arts and ecology centre which uses the arts to show ways of living more sustainably within nature. Visit our Arts & Crafts page for more opportunities to enjoy arts and crafts in Devon. 

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  1. The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens

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    National Trust Killerton House & Gardens

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Location

    Exeter

    An 18thC house built for the Acland family. Hillside garden of 18 acres with rare trees and shrubs.

  2. Topsham Museum

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    Topsham Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Topsham

    The museum features the history of the town and port of Topsham including shipbuilding and ship owning, and the wildlife of the Exe Estuary. It incorporates a late 17thC house.

  3. Exeter's Underground Passages (c) Mike Alsford

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    Exeter's Underground Passages

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Location

    Exeter

    The Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting.

  4. Quay House Visitor Centre

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    Quay House Visitor Centre

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Location

    Exeter

    Discover the history of Exeter in 15 minutes at the Quay House Visitor Centre on Exeter's Historic Quayside.

  5. Knightshayes Court (c) Rupert Truman

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    National Trust Knightshayes

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Location

    Tiverton

    One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of Mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspired architect William Burges.

  6. Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

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    The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Prince of Wales Road, Exeter

    A museum and research centre dedicated to the audience's experience of the moving image. Explore the history of visual culture from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe.

  7. Thelma Hulbert Gallery

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    Thelma Hulbert Gallery

    Type

    Gallery

    Location

    Honiton

    The Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) is an attractive Georgian town house in Honiton and formerly the home/studio of artist Thelma Hulbert.
    THG hosts 6 temporary exhibitions/year, family workshops, craft groups.

  8. The Chamber at St Nicholas Priory

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    St Nicholas Priory

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Location

    Exeter

    Tudor life can be experienced first hand in the heart of the Exeter at St Nicholas Priory. Originally part of a medieval priory, the building was later lived in by the wealthy Hurst family. (Closed for visitors until 18 October)

  9. Castle Galleries

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    Castle Galleries

    Type

    Gallery

    Location

    Exeter

    Castle Galleries (including those formerly known as Artica) offer a welcoming environment to view and enjoy a stunning collection of original fine art, limited edition print, sculpture and art-inspired accessories.

  10. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

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    The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

    Type

    Craft Centre

    Location

    Bovey Tracey

    The largest contemporary craft centre in the South West - a Grade II Listed building, with shop, exhibition gallery and gallery cafe.

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