About Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives

Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives brings arts, museums, archives and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park together to form a regional centre of excellence that explores our understanding of the past and present, and reveals the way Plymouth has shaped and been shaped by the rest of the world.

..the service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally..

The service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally in the council’s cultural tourism, economic development, education and community cohesion agendas, and works closely with the city’s culture board, Plymouth Culture.

We operate six sites

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and the Merchant’s House attract over 150,000 visitors a year.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is closed so that development work can take place for The Box, Plymouth – a new visitor attraction opening in the heart of the city in 2020! See the museum collections On Tour, or visit the What’s On section as we continue our popular events and exhibitions programme around the city. 

Our services

These will continue across Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives whilst we deliver The Box project.


An ambitious temporary exhibitions programme which delivers 8-10 exhibitions a year either directly or in collaboration with local, regional and national partners.

Photograph showing a group of primary school children, standing listening to a schoolgirl who is reading from a notebookEducation service

An education service which reaches thousands of school children, further and higher education students each year.

Community engagement

An active community engagement programme targeting non-users and hard-to-reach groups, with a particular focus on vulnerable adults and young people.

National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding

A funding agreement with Arts Council England (ACE) that runs from April 2018 to March 2022. It will enable The Box, Plymouth to stage national and international exhibitions, run a dynamic events and community engagement programme and commission new work by emerging and established artists responding to its collections and archives.


Partnerships including The Box partners, National Trust at Buckland Abbey, the Southwest Local Authority Cultural Partnership and the Southwest Regional Development Partnership.

A mum, son and daughter are looking closely at objects in a display cabinet in a galleryCollections

A service that has collections of local, regional, national and international importance, including the Museum and Art Gallery collections, the archive repository for the city and West Devon with collections dating back to the 12th century, the official regional film and moving image archive for the South West of England and care and management of one of the largest bodies of photographic records in the region.

Arts and cultural development

Arts engagement and development within the city, including funding support for key arts organisations, commissioning new work by artists and delivering a series of exciting public art projects.