Topsham Museum is an independent museum accredited by
Arts Council England
The Museum is a registered charity No:1185943
We are now closed for 2023
The Museum will re-open on 27th March 2024
Opening Days & Hours
2pm-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
See the News & Events pages for our Latest information and updates.
About the Museum
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. Displays give a timeline of the town’s general history with much of the Museum’s focus 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 and wildlife of the Exe Estuary. You can also see memorabilia of the film star Vivien Leigh and discover why these can be found in Topsham Museum.
Our new virtual tour can be accessed by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.
This 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
Topsham Walking Tours
These popular free walking tours of Topsahm are now being run by the Museum. These tours are conducted by volunteer guides on Wednesdays and Sundays during the months of May to September. The tours last approximately 90 minutes and take in all the principal historical areas of the town including the Strand.
The tours start from Holman Way car park at 2.00 pm; there is no need to book, just turn up on the day. You can download a leaflet here.
Large parties and organisations are able to book an individual tour. Please contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements.