41 Long Street
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
A Fright at the Museum
- 16 May 2014 6:30-9pm
Do you have what it takes to solve a murder? Wiltshire Museum needs you and your friends and family to help unmask the perpetrator of a deadly crime in a CSI style event for Museums at Night 2014.
The museum had hoped to unveil a very special exhibit on 16th May, but unfortunately the unnatural death of a leading archaeologist has scuppered these plans. Police resources are currently stretched, so you are invited to help with their investigation, conducting forensic examinations, interrogating suspects and solving puzzles to unmask the perpetrator of this deadly crime. With clues to amuse and intrigue all ages, this unique event is presented in conjunction with masters of mystery, Murder to Measure.
The event includes a prize for the winning detectives and a selection of drinks and snacks for participants.
- Family friendly
Adults £12.00, Children £8.00
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children / 1 adult, 3 children) £35.00
Booking essential, please phone 01380 727369 for tickets.