The Museum of Dartmoor Life is a gateway to the rich history of Dartmoor. Situated in a cobbled courtyard in Okehampton, the museum exhibits a vast collection of objects spanning 5,000 years of life on Dartmoor from the Bronze Age through to the mid-20th Century. We also provide The Visitor Information Point for Okehampton.
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
The museum has a small carpark for use by visitors or for dropping off if it is full. There are several other pay for carparks very nearby at Simmons Park, Mill Road and Waitrose. The access from our carpark is level but we do have a cobbled courtyard and ground floor to the museum, so access is a little bumpy for wheelchairs and care must be taken when walking. There is a narrow passageway from the carpark to the Museum entrance but wheelchairs and trampers are able to pass through.
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
The narrowest point can be avoided, if necessary, as there are two routes that can be taken.
The floor is an historic cobbled floor so is uneven and care must be taken. There is a blacksmiths shop which has sound effects of hammering and bellows blowing. This is not very loud and can be switched off if requested. The lift to the other floors can be found on this floor.
Our shop is in the main entrance with the welcome desk.
The Tourist Information Room has a separate entrance from the courtyard. It contains local information leaflets and a secondhand book display.
Getting around outside
The Museum is set at the end of an historic cobbled courtyard so care must be taken when accessing. There is a cafe, not run by the Museum, with outdoor seating.
Customer care support
Organised tours to cater for any needs.
Emergency evacuation procedures
In an emergency the lift may not be used but the rear stairwell is a designated area for wheelchair users to be rescued from.
Customer care support
If pre-booked we can offer silent tours when all films are turned off or muted. We can do tours for visually impaired people inviting them to touch and feel the collection and talking to them about the displays. Assistance dogs are welcomed.