Dartmouth TQ6 9PZ
It is well worth visiting the small Dartmouth Museum. Not only is it housed in an authentic early 17th century Merchant’s House but it has a fantastic collection of model ships, ships in bottles, maritime and trade artefacts and photographs of early Dartmouth.
17th Century room where King Charles II once held court
The house was built in 1640 and the galleries are on the first floor. One is housed in a room where King Charles II once held court. In 1671 Charles was forced by storms to spend some time in Dartmouth. The room has its original panelling and carved plaster ceiling, a beautifully gilded coat of arms and examples of 17th century furniture.
The superb collection of model ships features models going back as far as the 13th century. There is even a copy of one made in bone by Napoleonic prisoners of war.
'Tree of Jesse' Room
Due to the constraints of the building, much of the museum’s collection cannot be displayed but is held in another unique room which has a plaster ceiling portraying the “Tree of Jesse” from Matthew Chapter 1.
The pattern of scrolls emerging from the reclining figure of Jesse holding a skull embraces rows of little figures ending with the mother of Jesus with the babe in her arms. It is believed to be the only example of this depiction now in existence.
Because the museum’s overflow collection is held in The Jesse Room, it is necessary to arrange a viewing of the room prior to your visit to the Museum.
Plan your Visit
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Admission to this very interesting museum is free.
All year except December 25/26 and January 1. Monday to Saturday
Please check the Museum website for current opening times.
Due to the age and design of the building, there is no wheelchair access.
There is a DVD available for viewing in the Library close by.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1803 832 923
Dartmouth Museum External Link
The museum is close to the Royal Avenue Gardens and the Butterwalk in the heart of town.
There is ample parking close by.
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