Dartmouth Museum is an intriguing little museum, not just because of its many artefacts but also because it’s housed in a historic Merchant’s House. The building dates all the way back to around 1640, so its narrow corridors and beamed rooms make the perfect setting to learn more about the history of Dartmouth.
The museum is home to a large collection of objects, models, photos and paintings that detail the port of Dartmouth’s past and its connection to the sea. There’s always been a strong link between those who live in Dartmouth and the sea, and its maritime history is as interesting as what happened on land. Dartmouth Museum is a great attraction to help you get to know Dartmouth during a stay in the town. If you get a wet day during your holiday the museum is a cosy place to spend some time in the dry, and parents will find bottom drawers filled with artefacts for children to discover when they realise they can open each one.
Enter the King’s Room where King Charles II spent time in 1671 when he was forced to shelter in Dartmouth due to storms at sea. The wood panelling and intricate ceiling remain just as they were then, so you’ll be able to see just what the king himself admired. The museum’s friendly volunteer stewards know pretty much everything there is to know about Dartmouth, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions. Try your hand at learning the ropes and see if you can learn the knots that are still used to this day. It’s great fun racing one another once you get the hang of it.