Totnes Museum is found within an Elizabethan House which was built around 1575, so as soon as you step inside you’ll be living a piece of the town’s history. The building still has many of its Elizabethan features and it’s crammed with collections demonstrating the history of Totnes. The museum covers three floors and includes 13 rooms, and includes a Tudor kitchen and herb garden, beautiful Jacobean furniture and Victorian toys.
The house was originally built as the home of the Kelland family, and careful restoration means that it remains in fantastic condition and is a popular attraction. Totnes was home to Charles Babbage for a short time when he attended a local school, and the museum pays tribute to his work in the fields of computing and technology. Find out more about his life and achievements in a dedicated display.
The museum’s striking Elizabethan Forehall shows just how Elizabethans would have lived from day to day, and it includes genuine furniture from the period to help visitors imagine the house they stand in as it would have looked. The museum is open between March and October, and it’s closed on Sundays. There’s a quiz for younger visitors and there are certificates for those who do well.