Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

  • Beautiful Tudor building
  • Showcasing 5000 years of local history
  • Study Centre for Family History Research
  • Shop

The museum is located in a Tudor Merchants House, built in 1575. This half-timbered building is an excellent architectural example of this type of period property. The museum has a good display of local history

There are 13 rooms on three floors covering over 5000 years of history from Totnes and District.

This beautiful building has a hands-on Elizabethan kitchen and Victorian nursery. There is a room dedicated to the Victorian inventor Charles Babbage the inventor of the first computer, was born in Totnes and studied at the Totnes Grammar School.The museum houses an exhibition detailing the work that Charles Babbage conducted, as well as describing the advancement in the field of computers and technology.

In Saxon times Totnes was a minting Burgh, a fortified town which produced its own coinage. The Museum houses a collection of coins minted in Totnes during the Saxon period, which are currently on display in the Archaeology Gallery. This collection is accompanied by a Civil War hoard, and a hoard of coins minted during the reign of Edward I.

The Museum opens from mid March until the end of October, Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 5:00pm and for two weeks in December. The Study Centre is open Wednesdays and Friday from 10am until 4pm.The Study Centre also opens from 2pm until 6pm on a Thursday for research sessions with the Family History Research Group. We regret that there is only wheelchair access to the lower floors in the museum.

The Museum is based on the main street of the town centre among cafes and shops. The museum can be found just before arriving at the East Gate Arch, on the left hand side. There are car parking facilities within easy walking distance. There is also a railway station and a bus stop in close proximity to the museum.

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