Wiltshire Museum

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

See website

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5.00

Adults: £5.50
Concessions: £4.50
Children under 16: FREE (Excluding school groups)


  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage
  • National Art Pass

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Vintage American First World War poster featuring a sleeping female figure representing America with storm clouds gathering in the background

The Winds and Words of War

  • 18 November 2017 — 22 April 2018 *on now

An evocative collection of vintage First World War American propaganda posters and prints owned by the San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. We are the only UK venue for the collection which is on a two year tour of Europe. It will go to Paris after it leaves Devizes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Stone carving of the three Fates discovered in Calne Wiltshire in 2017.

The Calne Fates

  • 10 March 2018 2:30-4pm

Reverend Professor Henig will be speaking about the impressive funerary monument discovered in Calne in 2017. The lecture will also include Tony Hack (Wiltshire Archaeology Field Group) showing RTI imaging and 3D scans of the sculpture, and Andrew Zimininski (Minerva Stone Conservation) talking about its conservation.
Booking essential - on-line www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/events or telephone 01380 727369.


£7 (£4.50 WANHS members)

The stone carving depicting the three Fates discovered at Calne in 2017 now in Wiltshire Museum

Young WANHS Saturday Club

  • 10 March 2018 10:15am-12:15pm

Exploring Roman civilisation in our galleries and collections, including a special study of the Calne Fates - the the impressive funerary monument discovered in Calne in 2017.

Young WANHS is a club for 7-14 year olds interested in archaeology, history and natural history held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) from 10.15am to 12.15pm. Sessions are usually at the Museum, but sometimes field trips are arranged. To find out more, please contact Ali Rushent – our Learning and Outreach Officer - education@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk
Pre-booking essential for all Young WANHS sessions please. £5 per child. Booking via www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/events or telephone 01380 727369.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15


£5 per child

Wiltshire Museum
41 Long Street
SN10 1NS






01380 727369

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