Discover More About Our Museum

Tavistock Museum entrance
Our aim is to provide local people and visitors to the area with the best possible facility celebrating Tavistock’s rich history and local traditions down the centuries.

Tavistock's Lost Medieval Abbey

Tavistock Abbey was central to the character of the Medieval town which grew up around it. Today, only ruins remain of this once magnificent abbey, yet it remains of huge historical importance. Our museum is proud to tell its story.
Tavistock Abbey, as it once was

Tavistock Museum is an Area Centre for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site

Map showing the mines of the Tamar Valley and Tavistock area

In 2006, the Tamar Valley and Tavistock were jointly named as one of ten areas in Cornwall and West Devon to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Our museum is proud to be an Area Centre and during your visit, you can learn more by exploring our collection of maps, minerals, mining equipment and photographs.

Our Collection Of Minerals

Tavistock Museum has a large collection of minerals, giving visitors a chance to see rocks taken from specific mines in the local area. This section of our museum is particularly popular with children, who enjoy looking at the shiny crystals! We also have smaller collections of rock samples from other regions.
Collection of crystals and minerals on display at Tavistock Museum

Railway Corner

Tavistock North railway station totem sign, on display at Tavistock Museum

Did you know that Tavistock once had not one, but two railway stations, each serving different lines?  Nowadays, the town has no rail link at all.

At Tavistock Museum, we’re proud to display a collection of railway memorabilia.  These items link our town to the golden age of railway, stretching from the late 19th Century to the 1960s.

The US Army in Tavistock During WWII

Older Tavistock residents may remember the young men of the American forces, who came to our town as part of their training for the planned invasion of Europe on D-Day in June 1944. The Americans’ arrival came at a time when the outcome of the war was still in doubt and their presence reassured the local population that the war was winnable, albeit at a cost.
American Forces in Tavistock during WWII, image used in Tavistock Museum's new exhibit