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
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Children under 16: FREE (Excluding school groups)
- Museums Association
- English Heritage
- National Art Pass
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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
Wiltshire's Story in 100 Objects
- 16 May — 16 July 2016 *on now
Wiltshire Museum is the final stop on the spotlight tour of the Lacock Cup, which the Museum jointly acquired with the British Museum. The Lacock Cup is one of the most significant pieces of secular English medieval silver.
Inspired by the British Museum/BBC Story of the World in 100 Objects the exhibition tells a story of Wiltshire in 100 objects, using museum collections from across the county. The objects on display illustrate the diverse aspects of Wiltshire's past from Stonehenge to the Moonrakers and much more besides. The exhibition also reflects the varied nature of Wiltshire's museums, including small village museums, industrial sites and art galleries. The 100 objects are an assorted mix when put together, like a cabinet of curiosities, and each has its role to play in telling part of the Wiltshire story.
The exhibition will be on show at the Museum from 16 May to 16 July 2016.
Normal Museum admission prices apply.
- Any age
Normal Museum admission prices apply
41 Long Street