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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Plymouth

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Plymouth in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 33 Plymouth museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Merchant's House Museum

  • Plymouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Currently closed for conservation work until further notice. Today, the Merchant's House Museum is the largest and finest surviving example of a late...

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

  • Plymouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has permanent galleries with extensive collections in fine art, decorative art, human history (including archaeo...

Buckland Abbey

  • Yelverton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Got little history buffs? At Buckland Abbey in Devon, you’ll discover over 700 years of history wrapped up in the beautiful abbey and estate packed f...

Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust

  • Tavistock
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust is an award winning museum attraction that forms part of a World Heritage site. Features include a historic vi...

Dartmoor Prison Museum

  • Princetown
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dartmoor Prison Museum, which used to be advertised as Dartmoor Prison Heritage Centre, offers the chance to learn about one of the most famous (and...

Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum

  • Launceston
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Probably the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the country, featuring 'The History Of Jamaica Inn' an educational and historical theatre sh...

Dartmouth Museum

  • Dartmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dartmouth Museum is a small friendly museum in an old house in Dartmouth. It might even be haunted! We love kids. We just can't eat a whole one! And...

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  • Bovey Tracey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Explore a history of glass and watch master craftsmen at work from the viewing platform inside the working glassworks on site. Look through the colle...



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Museum of Dartmoor Life

  • Okehampton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum of Dartmoor Life is a good way to explore the history of Dartmoor. How were sheep shorn on Dartmoor? What did the inside of a Bronze Age round...

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery offers visitors Medieval Abbey Ruins to explore, a Historic House and Gardens, Interactive Galleries and Art C...

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

  • St Austell
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, housed in old china clay loading premises on the waterfront, has an interesting collection of objects that have been re...

Brixham Heritage Museum

  • Brixham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Brixham Heritage Museum offers a fascinating way to discover the complete history of the small fishing town of Brixham, with a number of interesting...

The Golden Hind at Brixham

  • Brixham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Golden Hind at Brixham is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration being a feature of this picturesque ha...

Torquay Museum

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Torquay Museum is a family-friendly museum with games, quizzes and trails plus blockbuster summer exhibitions designed to engage children and adults...

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  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Bygones Victorian Museum shop as grandparents used to shop. Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains your parents knew. Escape into the m...

Museum of Witchcraft

  • Boscastle
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum of Witchcraft, which can be found by the harbour in Boscastle, is amongst Cornwall's most popular museums, and houses the largest collection o...

St Nicholas Priory

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

St Nicholas Priory, now richly furnished as an Elizabethan town house, is the 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory, and offers a gr...

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Get to grips with Devon’s rich history and global connections - for free - with interactive exhibitions at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art...

Exmouth Museum

  • Exmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Exmouth Museum can be found in a 19th century building made up of the former Council stables and the adjoining foreman's cottage. It is now divided i...

Bill Douglas Centre - History of Cinema

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) is a public museum and an academic research centre that contains one of the largest collections of prints, bo...

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