Current Exhibition

Please note that the museum is now closed and will re-open in late 2019 or early 2020 following our relocation project to the centre of Newton Abbot.

See for updates on the project, plus details of our community events and pop-up museum in various locations.


Updated for 2017 is the Threads exhibition. The 39 artefacts displayed weave together the threads of Newton Abbot's past. From Roman lamps to Madge Mellor teapots, an intricately embroidered Jacobean jacket to a swing made from human hair, each object has its own story to tell.

Peg-Doll-1      box-of-eyes      Hair-Rope-Swing-1

Other Museum displays this year include World War 1 exhibits and films, the John Lethbridge display and the Sandford Orleigh carvings.



WW1 Micro Histories packs 1 and 2: We have 40 stories connecting Newton Abbot with World War 1, they are now on sale, price £2 per pack. The Micro Histories are brimming with fascinating information.

For more information on World War 1 Click on ‘War’ in the left menu bar.

John Lethbridge

The replica of the 18th century John Lethbridge's 'diving engine' draws visits from sub-aqua groups from around the world.

Sandford Orleigh Gallery

Last but not least, George Templers magnificent overmantle consisting of carvings dating from the 16th century, are on view for all to see. For more information click on ‘Sandford Orleigh Gallery’

For a small community museum there is a lot to see!