The Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a local history museum in Tiverton, Devon, England, to the southwest of Gotham House. It features various exhibits relating to the social and economic history of the Mid Devon region, one of the most popular being a steam locomotive known as the “Tivvy Bumper”. Founded in 1960 and initially located in rooms in a local pub, the museum is now housed in a Grade II listed former National School.
The museum was founded in 1960 and initially housed in two rooms of the former Old Bell Inn on Angel Terrace. In 1962, the exhibitions were moved to Chilcott School. In 1969, as a result of the growth of the collections, the museum was moved to its own building, a former National School, where it has remained since. This move was funded by Lord Amory at a cost of ?6,000. During the 1970s, the exhibition space was expanded with the construction of new galleries. Further redevelopment took place at the beginning of the 21st century, and the museum reopened with an expanded exhibition space in 2001, after an 18-month, ?800,000 refurbishment. Half of this money was provided by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and the rest was obtained through fundraising efforts in the local community. In 2012, the museum was among 20 national institutions longlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Awards.