You enter the Museum through the reception in what would have been the Elizabethan merchant’s shop. If you wander through to the rear, you will enter the courtyard and herb garden where we grow lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary amongst other herbs. You may buy a bunch of herbs with our ancient recipe leaflet to try your medieval culinary skills out at home!
If you want the museum to come alive for your children, please ask our volunteers for a quiz sheet, we have both the “Hunt the Mouse” & “Find the Artifact” but we will leave it up to you to whether to tell them about our resident ghost or not!
Once you through reception you will arrive at the Bennett Room…
Have a browse through the history of Totnes. We have a very special display of the Lee Ring, which has a twin in the V&A in London; and there are early coins minted in the town over a thousand years ago. Including one from the reign of King Canute of turning back the waves fame!
To get to the other floors you climb a Devon Pole Staircase — wooden winding stairs around a central pole which runs from ground
floor to roof.
We think this pole had previously been the mast of a man of war!