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Dartmouth Museum, Dartmouth

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Dartmouth Museum is a local museum in Dartmouth, Devon, which displays and chronicles the history of the port of Dartmouth. It moved to its current location in the 1950s and is housed in a merchant's house which, in 1671, entertained Charles II and where he held court during a storm which forced him to stay in the port. The museum is run by the Dartmouth Museum Association, a registered charity.
The museum was refurbished during the winters of 2010 and 2011 and has a large collection of models of sailing ships, and of ships in bottles. The latter is referred to as the Dawe Collection. The museum building itself is part of the exhibition which includes local records and photographs, and a plaster ceiling believed to be unique showing the Tree of Jesse. The museum also houses the Henley Collection, a collection of artefacts and scientific material collected by William Henley (1860-1919), all of which were previously part of a separate museum on Dartmouth's Anzac Street.
The entrance to the museum is in Dartmouth's Butterwalk, via a spiral staircase built counterclockwise around a ship's mast.
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  • Well worth a visit to this little museum , a lot of interesting local facts and display . Ideal also if a interest in ships. Children really enjoyed the quiz and their certificate . A good 90...  more »
  • Marine history and social history of Dartmouth in a quirky museum well worth a visit in the centre of Dartmouth!  more »
  • Drop in for a chunk of local history. The highlight has to be the model square-rigged sailing ships, correct in every painstaking detail. Exquisite.
  • If you love Dartmouth you will be engaged by this small but fascinating museum. You will walk out with an enlightened eye as you gaze at the waterfront.
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