There's an extraordinary variety of material exhibited and areas covered, so whether or not you have any particular interest in the sea (I haven't) you stay fascinated - the defeat of Hubba the Dane in the estuary nearby, gravel barges (so that's what that thing at Bideford was doing!), cod-fishing off the Newfoundland banks. half-models and what they were used for, smuggling, local wrecks, Sir Richard Grenville... all beautifully displayed in light, visitor-friendly rooms. There's a shop too, with mugs ("The Captain's Word is Law"...), tea-towels (fishing areas, knots...) cards and so on. Kindly, helpful and knowledgeable volunteer staff.
Photography isn't allowed for some reason, which didn't bother me but it may be better to know beforehand.
(Another thing it might be best to know beforehand is that the museum extends over two floors, and there are a few stairs.)
One thing that particularly pleased me about the Appledore museum was the bit devoted to Sir Richard Grenville and his heroic action against the Spanish off the Azores, especially in view of the rather grudging treatment given to him by the gallery in Bideford, where the plaque by the picture is mostly concerned to apologise for him (his involvement in slavery, etc - they might as well apologise for Raleigh's involvement in the tobacco trade). I wonder if the museum shop in Appledore could not sell souvenirs with stirring extracts from Tennyson's "Revenge" on them. "At Flores in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay", etc. It has to be read out loud.
Very child-friendly, I'd guess,
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