Ottery Heritage Society - Local History and Archaeology
Ottery Museum
The Ottery St Mary Heritage Museum

The museum is closed Due to Covid - 19 and will open as soon as practicable in spring 2022

Please contact the Society if you would enjoy joining the team after lockdown

Ottery St Mary Heritage Museum opened in August 2018 in the Victorian Old Town Hall and opposite the historic St Mary's Church, one the finest churches in Devon. Over 1000 visitors were welcomed in its first three months of opening and we look forward to even more visitors from across the World in the future.

The Museum celebrates the rich social and cultural history of Ottery St Mary and its surrounding area going back 2000 years. The many themes include local literary connections like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, diplomat Ernest Satow and of course Ottery's internationally famous Tar Barrels tradition. The fascinating story of St Mary's Church through the ages is explained including the College, the subsequent foundation of King's School and the town's role in the English Civil War. We have an extensive image library and an audio collection too.

The museum has been extensively rebuilt during Covid and has all new display panels, cases and A/V projection and interactive display facilities. There is a hireable meeting room that displays Ottery Town activities like Pixie day, Tar Barrels, etc and a research room that also contains display items as well as archives on the ground floor. There is a limited access Disability projected display  here too (most of the museum is upstairs).

Ottery St Mary Heritage Museum


Contact Details:


Ottery Heritage Museum, The Old Town Hall, The Flexton, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DJ


Phone: 01404 812795