Topsham Museum Opens 24th June 2021
We are very pleased to announce that we plan to open the Museum from Thursday 24th June 2021. We have chosen this date in the hope that restrictions will be lifted or minimal by then. We intend to open from Thursday-Sunday between 2pm-5pm. We are planning new events, talks and displays and we are still welcoming new volunteers to help with these. Thank you for your on-going support. We look forward to welcoming you back!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new virtual tour, you can access it by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. We have been working with a local specialist company (The Virtual Tour Company) to create this online tour. The tour covers all the rooms in the Museum and specific objects have been highlighted. There is also an audio version and a BSL signed version of the tour will be available in the near future. This online tour will allow access whilst we are closed and let people anywhere in the world ‘visit’ the Museum. Even when the Museum re-opens this will enable anyone, including those not able to negotiate the stairs in the period house, to view on-screen. And we plan to have 3D headsets located on the ground floor of the Museum so all areas and exhibits can be appreciated by everyone.
Topsham Trails very popular leaflet offers two walking trails of Topsham with historical information, picture puzzles for children and an inviting pictorial map by Phil Keen. The leaflet is written and published by Topsham Museum and funded by Devon County Council. You can pick up your free copy from the leaflet box attached to the Museum’s Riverside Garden gate and will be available from local outlets. So, find your walking shoes and pick up a leaflet! Or you can download a PDF
The Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary. Visitors can enjoy the furnished period rooms of the original merchant’s house and the Sail Loft with displays giving a timeline of the town’s general history. Much of the Museum’s focus is on Topsham’s maritime history, with its role as a trade port and ship building centre. Exhibits also include unique historic river craft, local trades and organisations, wildlife of the Exe Estuary and memorabilia of the film star Vivien Leigh.