About Us

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The Museum is an Arts Council Accredited Museum and a Museum Arts Supporter

It is owned and funded by Newton Abbot Town Council, and has one full-time Curator, with one part-time Administrator, and is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers of all ages.
The Museum was opened in 1990.  The museum is a small, but lively, museum with a focus on the Town and Great Western Railway history.  St Leonard’s Tower (all that is left of the medieval Chapel in the centre of the town) is also managed by the Museum Curator and is open every Wednesday morning during the summer season.

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The museum collections focus on the social history of Newton Abbot and environs, the GWR history including the social history of the GWR & its affect on the town & its people.

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Museum at Home

Newton Abbot Museum gets digital during our closure to support social distancing

Welcome to our useful resources page.

Here you can find links to:

  • Support during quarantine and virus advice
  • Virtual Museum Tours from around the world
  • Education for school age children
  • Activities to do at home

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Oral Archive

The Oral History Archive exists to record material that might otherwise be lost to future generations providing a resource & raising awareness of Newton Abbot’s history.

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