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The Wiltshire Museum has the best Bronze Age collections in Britain. The collections in the Museum, together with its Library and Archive, are Designated Collections of national significance. Founded over 150 years ago, it preserves the rich archaeological and historical treasures and records of Wiltshire, including the World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge.
Museum, Library, Archive, Association or society
GIFT AID ADMISSION:*
Children under 16: FREE (Excluding school groups)
- Museums Association
- English Heritage
We welcome researchers of all types, but please contact us before you intend to visit. Find out more from our Research Charter at
Most of our collections are online - please see our website.
The entire collections of Wiltshire Heritage Museum are Designated Collections of national importance.
The collections contain Early Bronze Age items, along with objects related to the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge including gold ornaments and jewellery made of various materials. The displays also include outstanding and Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval collections.
Social history collections concentrate on the more recent history of the town of Devizes. The museum also has natural history collections allowing visitors to explore the geology and wildlife of Wiltshire. A selection of the extensive art collection that relates to the county is on display.
Trade and Commerce, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture
Key artists and exhibits
- Works by John Piper and David Inshaw are on permanent display. The Museum's collection also includes works by Graham and Ann Arnold, James Bridges, John Buckler, A V Copley Fielding, Philip Crocker, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Lord Methuen,
- Henry Moore, Samuel Prout, Augustin Pugin and Robin Tanner. These may be viewed by prior arrangement. A selection of 185 paintings, drawings and prints from the collection have been published in Art in Wiltshire available from the Museum bookshop.
- Designated Collection
Why We Went to War: Devizes in the Great War
- Until 31 January 2015 *on now
- From 13 September 2014
he exhibition includes artefacts, photographs and as a star attraction, our very own War Horse, used to train mounted soldiers at Devizes barracks. Another very special exhibit is much, much smaller - a soldier bear on loan for display. He would have been kept in the top pocket of a soldier's battledress - a present from home to keep him safe. He was once coloured a patriotic blue - others were coloured red and white. He was made in England by the Farnell Company that also made the original Winnie the Pooh.
- Any age