Dartmouth Museum

Dartmouth Museum is a small but fascinating museum which occupies part of the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built in 1640.

Exhibits & Collections

We host a range of exciting exhibits which are unquie to our Museum. They Include, The Kings Room, The Henley Study, The Holdworth Room, Ships in Bottles, Dartmouth at War, The Jesse Room, The Lobby and our new Mayflower Room.

Behind the Scenes

The Museum operates at all levels with unpaid volunteers. The management team is overseen by a Board of Trustees and manages the running of the Museum. The face of the Museum is the around 60-strong team of volunteer stewards who greet and assist the visitors on all but three days of the year.

Welcome to

Dartmouth Museum

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: WITH REGRET AS RESULT OF COVID-19,  THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  

Dartmouth Museum is a small but fascinating museum which occupies part of the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built around 1640. Designed to national museum standards, 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 interest.

Dartmouth Museum is a Registered Charity, No. 306635

Exhibits & Collections

The kings

room

It was in this magnificent room that King Charles II was entertained to lunch by the town in July 1671, when storms forced him to seek shelter in Dartmouth.

henley

study

This representation of Henley’s study is designed to be interactive and child-friendly, offering an insight into the world of Victorian and Edwardian Dartmouth.

holdsworth

room

This room is themed on the social and physical development of the town from its beginnings as two groups of dwellings connected by a causeway across the creek…

mayflower

room

This room and its below-decks annexe commemorate the Mayflower’s putting in to Dartmouth during the Pilgrim Fathers’ emigration to America in 1620.

The kings

room

It was in this magnificent room that King Charles II was entertained to lunch by the town in July 1671, when storms forced him to seek shelter in Dartmouth.

henley

study

This representation of Henley’s study is designed to be interactive and child-friendly, offering an insight into the world of Victorian and Edwardian Dartmouth.

holdsworth

room

This room is themed on the social and physical development of the town from its beginnings as two groups of dwellings connected by a causeway across the creek…

mayflower

room

This room and its below-decks annexe commemorate the Mayflower’s putting in to Dartmouth during the Pilgrim Fathers’ emigration to America in 1620.

Mayflower 400

Dartmouth, as one of the ports visited by the Mayflower in 1620, is part of the quatercentenary commemoration Mayflower 400…

The Jesse Room

Elsewhere in the Butterwalk is a plaster ceiling in high relief of the family tree of Jesus Christ. This representation is of international importance, thought to be the only one in plaster.

Archives

Dartmouth Museum’s Archives cover a unique history throughout the ages, including the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers who set sail in 1640 for the New World.

Searching the Dartmouth Museum Archives, you will immerse yourself into hundreds of years of unique history, with thousands of illustrations, paintings, photographs and videos.

From The Blog

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Museum Team!

Mayflower Model – Work Continues Over Lockdown

Mayflower Model – Work Continues Over Lockdown

Replica Mayflower Model news – Work goes on during Lockdown   Lockdown has brought new challenges for the team building the Replica Mayflower model, destined for the Mayflower Exhibition in the Museum. With the Sandquay workshop closed and the almost complete...

Museum Break Through

Museum Break Through

Museum Break ThroughFollowing last year’s signing of the lease to extend the Museum upward into the former domestic flat above it, we (and the Council) have had the delicate task of breaking through a 20th Century false wall in the 17th Century Grade1 listed building....

Mayflower Exhibition Planned

Mayflower Exhibition Planned

Mayflower Exhibition PlannedWork has started on an exciting new Mayflower exhibition in the Museum, opening in July this year. A new 10 foot Replica Model of the ship will be the star – built in Dartmouth by volunteers under skilled leadership and open from stem to...

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