Dartmouth Museum ~ Dartmouth
Dartmouth Museum is a small but fascinating and interesting museum which occupies part of the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built around 1640. Re-designed to national museum standards in recent years,it displays an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings and photographs relating to Dartmouth and the surrounding district.
The collection is, as you would expect, wide ranging, but there is special attention to the maritime history of the town and its social and physical development. The maritime connection is seen in a fine collection of ship models, some in bottles, in the King’s Room. Elsewhere there are exhibits, as tapestry and video film, of the town’s contribution to D-Day in 1944.
Three remarkable sons of Dartmouth are remembered: Thomas Newcomen, whose first practical steam engine ushered in the Industrial Revolution that changed the world; William Henley, a polymath ironmonger whose remarkable collection is displayed in a re-created Victorian study and Theodore Veale, the VC holder who showed outstanding and repeated bravery in rescuing a wounded officer at the Battle of the Somme.
The Museum welcomes all visitors, whatever their reasons for coming. The dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer stewards are there to help with suggestions and answers to queries, if necessary referring them back to our experts behind the scenes who can access our extensive archives. The Museum caters for children, whether they are in school parties or with parents. They can be placed in the stocks or search for answers to questionnaires or look through the microscopes, and even open the drawers below the displays to find other items. The Museum seeks to entertain and educate all visitors,young or old, whatever their interests.
Opening Times ~
April to End of October ~ Sunday & Monday 1pm – 4pm / Tuesday -Saturday 10am – 4pm
November to End of March ~ Daily 12noon – 3pm