The gateway to exploring Dartmoor, its history and people

The museum is a gateway to the rich history of Dartmoor, the premises consist of a three story former Warehouse and Mill which were originally used for domestic and industrial purposes which date from the 19th Century. The Mill houses the museum whilst other buildings in the courtyard are used as a Victorian Tea Room and the Tourist Information Centre.

The museum is a gateway to the rich history of Dartmoor, the premises consist of a three story former Warehouse and Mill which were originally used for domestic and industrial purposes which date from the 19th Century. The Mill houses the museum whilst other buildings in the courtyard are used as a Victorian Tea Room and the Tourist Information Centre.

A Right Royal Exhibition

Come see our ‘Right Royal Exhibition’ and have your photo taken with Her Majesty. There’s a trail for children chasing the Queens hat and there is crown making and royal pictures to colour in.

We have been privileged to work with Carol Hughes. She has shared with us some of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’s private possessions connected to their friendship with the Royal Family. These will be on display along with some of Ted’s awards and hand written poems including one that has never been published or shown before. The exhibition will run until September.

Oral Histories

Oral histories create a rich world of storytelling around our collections. Interviews are sometimes the only source that is available to remember a certain way of life, place, or person. Oral histories help us to understand how individuals experienced history and they can often fill in the gaps of our understanding, bringing an object or era to life. Listen to these voices and go on a journey back in time.

Histories from left to right

  1. What was it like to see soldiers come to town during the Great War
  2. Listen to the memories of dancing and singing at the Kings Arms on a Saturday night
  3. There are numerous games that can be played with marbles, but, the most common is known as “Ringers.” listen to how it was played
  4. Hear how a Trendle was used to preserve joints of salted pork

Come and visit our stand at the Chagford Show

18th August 2022

This year the museum will be at the Chagford Show.

The show is an annual event just outside the award winning village of Chagford.

Whilst the show celebrates traditional rural life it also provides a wonderful day out for young and old alike, it also raises money for good causes. 

For more ticket information and how to get there please click here.

 

Volunteers wanted

You could be a volunteer! No previous experience needed. Come and join our fun team for just 3 hours a week and find new friends and interests and be proud to be giving back to your community. 

Drop me an email or pop into the museum for more info.

Kristy Turner

Information for your visit

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 10am to 1pm, closed Sunday

Admission

Adults £5, children/students £3, family (2+2) £13, family (1+2) £9, under 4s free
 
Your ticket entitles you to unlimited entry to the museum for 12 months and a discounted entry to Okehampton Castle 
 

We are located in the centre of Okehampton, next door to the White Hart Hotel. We have a small car park  

however, there are plenty of public car parks throughout the town

Guide dogs

We welcome guide dogs at the museum and water is available on request. 

Non assistance dogs are not permitted in the museum.

Museum of Dartmoor Life Museum Courtyard 3 West Street Okehampton Devon EX20 1HQ

01837 52295
enquiries@dartmoorlife.org.uk

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We are working on an exciting new project, thanks to a #RoyalSociety grant, called #dyeingondartmoor looking at the natural flora, fauna and minerals that can be found still and would have been utilised by the ancient people of the Moor to dye their wool clothing. Yesterday we used some of these plants to create a range of beautiful shades. If you want to learn more, come and see us at #DNPA Dartmoor Heritage Day at Postbridge on the 16th July. Thank you to creative partner #jillsmallcombe ... See MoreSee Less
Based on 75 reviews.
Hartley Ian
Hartley Ian
2022-06-14
Very interesting little museum very helpful People
Wendy Medhurst
Wendy Medhurst
2022-06-10
A lovely small museum with a lot of information about the local area Had a lovely afternoon and a fantastic tea room wear you can have a drink after would
Veronika Valigurska
Veronika Valigurska
2022-06-07
Alexander Whattam
Alexander Whattam
2021-12-11
Mark Abraham
Mark Abraham
2021-11-20
Colin Styles
Colin Styles
2021-10-17
Well worth visiting. A small museum well presented.
martyn gannon
martyn gannon
2021-10-14
Excellent presentation of the history of okehampton and dartmoor.
Lauren Perthen
Lauren Perthen
2021-10-07
Debbie Pritchard
Debbie Pritchard
2021-10-05
I and the kids love it, loads of interesting things and I see more every time we go
simondo55
simondo55
2021-10-04
This Museum is most definitely the place to come if you want to know all about Dartmoor and history through the ages.

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  • star rating  Was quiet when we visited so that was good. Only a small place and not expensive to look round. One of the residents near there let us park in her... read more

    Kitch2210
    April 22, 2019

    star rating  This museum is quite small in size, but big on content and information. Do not expect a huge display, never the less it is a fascinating place to spend... read more

    Peter B
    September 15, 2018

    star rating  An excellent overview of the life and times of living in the Dartmoor region in a fascinating well laid out series of displays.

    Kevin P
    June 8, 2022
  • star rating  As we were in Okehampton for the day thought we would visit this museum and we were so glad we did.The museum gives a wealth of information about living in... read more

    Tyke70
    July 4, 2021

    star rating  A nice little surprise ticked off the main street. Would recommend it passing through Okehampton. The staff and curators were very friendly too and offered some local knowledge.

    jodD6373OY
    October 6, 2021

    star rating  The many interesting exhibits in this museum take the visitor on a journey from prehistoric times to the present day, all with a local flavour. The museum building itself is... read more

    KisuKali
    October 2, 2019

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Here’s a review written by Anne Mayes who is a member of a ‘friendly club’ of alumni, graduates and retired staff of Exeter University

The trip to Okehampton was to explore the town and to support and experience the newly reopened branch line, now called The Dartmoor Line. We were very fortunate that Richard Westlake had devised the programme and very kindly guided us around. As someone born and bred in Okehampton and then having spent a lifetime working on the railways, including from Okehampton, there was no one better qualified to show us around. Some boarded the train at Exeter Central and then looked out for those of us joining at St David’s. On arrival at Okehampton we caught the bus down to the town; the trains and buses were on time and not crowded.

Their first port of call was The Museum of Dartmoor Life. We were given a little booklet which linked places round the town with the multicultural history of Okehampton. The Museum itself was a real gem with displays and exhibits through time. We were shown round by Kristy Turner, the Curator/Manager, who cheerfully answered all our questions. Richard was able to expand on the section devoted to the opening and running of the railway. A very impressive Museum, well worth visiting.