- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor
Axminster Museumwas once the local police station and courthouse and can be found in the heart of the town, opposite St Mary's Church. The building itself is almost as fascinating as the artefacts inside it, and you can still peer inside the old police cells, which now form part of the Arts Cafe next door! It is open between May and September, and free to visit.
Most of the collection can be found in the former courtroom upstairs from the station and includes a model of local landmark Weycroft Mill, a prominent landmark near the river Axe. There is a room dedicated to Axminster carpets, where you can discover the development of carpet making from the time of Thomas Whitty to present day. Another room reflects the agricultural activity of the town, and a third changes yearly to show different aspects of Victorian or Edwardian life.
You can also learn about how Axminster endured through 2 world wars, with local artefacts from that time that include an illustrated account of the WW2 US Army Hospital. You can see some of the few remaining artefacts from Newenham Abbey too. The museum is a great place to start if you are visiting the town, as you can learn its tale from the beginning. Due to the nature of the building, there is limited access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Getting There and Contact Information
Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH, England
Click here to visit Axminster Museum's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm Closed Sunday and Monday