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
INTERPRETATION & EXPRESSION: ARCHAEOLOGY & ART – Peter Dunn
- 6 July — 13 October 2018 *on now
Sketches and paintings produced over the past 10 years by Peter Dunn archaeological reconstruction artist, whilst working in the UK and overseas. Items from the Museums art collection are also on display, including Sentinel, from Henry Moore’s Stonehenge suite of lithographs, Avebury Restored by John Martin and works by David Inshaw and John Piper.
Peter worked as an artist and illustrator for English Heritage from 1985 to 2008,. His work in archaeology has introduced him to a world as strange, mysterious and complex as any from the imagination. Through archaeological illustrations, reconstruction paintings and drawings of the Neolithic – particularly the monuments and landscape of Stonehenge and Durrington Walls – Dunn considers that he has become involved in something far more exciting and awesome, probably the most engrossing subject of all. The aim of the reconstruction is to use available evidence and theories to create an interpretation that will inform and inspire people, from academics to young viewers, about particular aspects of the past. The results of archaeological excavations are often difficult to visualize when holes in the ground are all that is left of impressive oak posts, or plaster floors are all that survive of houses that have lost their walls and roofs. Landscapes can have changed dramatically over thousands of years, soil moved down hill by erosion and farming, the course of a river changed, there may be woodland where once it was open grassland, modern buildings and roads can confuse the view of the past.
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of a hoard of 54,951 coins made at the site of the Roman town of Cunetio, near Mildenhall. A small selection of the coins held by the British Museum, together with the vessel in which they were found from our own collection are on display as part of Peter’s exhibition (until the end of September 2018). More details about the British Museum loan can be found on our News page.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price for the Museum.
- Family friendly
Peter's exhibition is included in the normal admission charge for the Museum
The Blacksmith's Craft by John Girvan
- 7 July — 23 September 2018 *on now
Exhibition of rural traditional art (and some not-so-traditional!)* made by local blacksmith John Girvan in his forge in Devizes. The larger items featured in the displays are more than two metres high and include a handcrafted lily, an alien figure and a huge Trilapod (three-legged spider)! Smaller items are a collection of copper repousse leaf sculptures, animal heads and copper leaf art, a companion set and numerous ornamental fire grate irons and weather vanes. Some items will be for sale.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price to the Museum.
*Read Gail Foster's review of the exhibition (30 July 2018)
- Family friendly
Entry to John's exhibition is included in the normal admission price to the Museum.
Wiltshire Remembers: aftermath of the First World War
- 20 October 2018 — 23 February 2019
This moving exhibition curated by Richard Broadhead features a Wall of Remembrance dedicated to the 10,000 Wiltshire fallen of the First World War, including men and women who were members of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS).
This is Wiltshire Museum’s tribute to them, and features stories of some of those who fought, died and survived the conflict.
Richard's exhibition is included in the normal admission charge for the Museum
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