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, Gallery
GIFT AID ADMISSION:*
Children under 16: FREE (Excluding school groups)
- Museums Association
- English Heritage
- National Art Pass
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
- 23 July 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now
Specimens from our collection of fossils are currently on display in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Our young visitors have created an amazing gallery with their drawings of imaginary dinosaurs!
Ammonites were once called 'snake stones' since it was believed they were coiled serpents turned to stone. Our fine example - formed from calcite inside an ammonite shell - certainly looks like a sleeping snake!
- Any age
Normal admission prices apply.
Accompanied children under 16 are FREE (up to four children under 16 with an adult paying standard or gift aid admission - excluding school and organised groups)
- 15 December 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now
In memory of Gazette photographer, Colin Kearley - "whose dedication to his craft and love of his work shine through in the many images he expertly captured and also those he painstakingly collected and catalogued. Through them all, his memory lives on”.
The Yesterdays book is available in the Museum Shop. A percentage of the proceeds of sale will go to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, based in Devizes, which is aiming to provide a hospice in the heart of the county - a place for families to visit and a base from which to operate a comprehensive home-based care service.
Exhibition guest curated by Diane Vose and Trevor Porter.
Normal Museum admission prices apply
41 Long Street