Winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2013

Dedicated to the history and heritage of the town of Brixham in Devon



Our galleries

Here is a short description of each of the main galleries in the museum.

You may like to also view a slideshow of photos of our galleries.



Ground Floor

Brixham Bone Caverns
This introduces visitors to Brixham's beginnings, displaying the formation of the caverns, animals which lived in the ice age and fossils found within the caverns.
Fisherman's Cottage
A reconstruction of the crowded conditions which would have been the norm for fishing families around 1900s.
Old Brixham Photos
A selection of our many photographs.
Police Cell
Reflecting the buildings' heritage as a Police Station built in 1902, we have an original cell containing a prisoner and a policeman in uniform.
ARP Station
Having a model volunteer warden and an air raid siren triggered by a wall button.
World Wars I and II
Interesting items from this time, including uniforms, gas masks and mementoes.
Maritime Room
This shows Brixham's maritime heritage with model boats, boatbuilding tools, unusual catches and fishing equipment.
Lifeboat and Coastguard Station Display
An area including models and photographs.
Victorian House and Nursery
Reproduction of a middleclass parlour, with a nursery containing a range of old toys, dolls and clothes.
The Arcade
Containing three shop windows displaying a chemist's, a cobbler's and a grocery store, together with a collection of agricultural equipment.
The Brixham Fire Service
Showing uniform, helmets and information about the old fire insurance system.


First Floor

Berry Head Barracks
A Napoleonic soldier and cannon guard the area which illustrates the lives of the soldiers and their families on Berry Head and displays finds made by our archaeological team.
Recent Archaeological Finds
Finds from Berry Head spanning prehistoric times to World War II
Lupton House Display
Displaying finds from Lupton House recovered by our archaeological team and by children from the former Gramercy Hall School.
Lacemaking and Theatre Displays
Brixham's Old Urban District Council
Displaying the Mayor's Gown and regalia.
Schools' Display
Photographs of children at local schools from the 19th and early 20th century are displayed on a screen.
Toy Display
Originally set up for the Museum's 50th anninversary, this display was retained due to great interest by the public in these toys from the 1950s.
British Seamen's Boys' Home
Showing various items donated from the band which paraded through Brixham's streets every Sunday morning.
William of Orange
The famous "invasion" by the Dutch Prince (later King William II) is explained and illustrated.
The Railway Room (Edward Phillips' Gallery)
In here you find the model railway depicting the Brixham Branch Line circa 1947. There is also a Brixham medical history display, a Brixham Artillery Volunteers' display, a church display and many children's activities.