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Museums & Art Galleries in Devon, England

Devon has a rich record of its prehistoric past, and many local museums have interesting displays of artefacts from the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter is a world class institution with extraordinary collections from all around the globe, as well as Exeter and east Devon. test

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All Hallows Museum, Honiton

Housed in the town’s oldest building, Honiton’s museum opened to the public in November 1946. A fascinating series of exhibits include palaeontology, archaeology and various aspects of the area’s history – with fossils, artefacts and photographs covering some 140 million years. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Honiton lace, for which the town is well-known, with some pieces dating back to the 16th century. During the summer lace-making demonstrations are popular with visitors to the area.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Founded as a memorial to Prince Albert, this award-winning museum is one of the finest regional museums in the United Kingdom. Exhibits trace all aspects of Exeter’s and Devon’s history, from more recent times all the way back to the early geological past. Through a series of ingeniously created self-guided tours, from birds to gardens, art to architecture, and of course World War 2, visitors are able to extend their exploration of the wide ranging collections into the city.

Torquay Museum

Founded in 1845, the Torquay Museum is Devon’s oldest established museum. The museum is owned and run by the Torquay Museum Society, and has been housed in the current, purpose-built building since 1876. Following major structural refurbishment, this museum is now ranked as one of the finest in the south-west of England. For a regional museum of this size it has an important and diverse collection of over 300,000 objects that relate to the prehistory and history of the Torbay area.