The Museum of Somerset

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An under-floor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes – you’ll find them all at the Museum of Somerset!

Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the historic 12th Century Taunton Castle.

This must-see visitor attraction tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present.

The museum houses many of Somerset’s great archaeological treasures such as the Frome Hoard; the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain in a single container, and the 4th Century Low Ham mosaic; the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story - the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas. The museum also houses the Somerset Military Museum.

As well as the permanent galleries, the museum offers regularly changing temporary exhibitions and activities such as family drop-in sessions and ‘talk and tea’ with a curator. There is also a programme of special events, including evening talks, music and outdoor theatre.


Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 4AA
01823 255088

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Opening hours

10.00am - 5.00pm (Last entry 4.30pm)
Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays

The museum is open on Good Friday and Easter Bank Holiday Monday (closed Easter Sunday).

Admission charges


Amongst the treasures on display for the first time is the Frome Hoard, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in a single container in Britain, and which was saved for the nation following a national fundraising appeal.

A shrunken head from South America and Judge Jeffreys' medical bill are a few of the many other exhibits to be discovered in the museum.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Science and Technology, Social History, Medicine, Personalities, Religion

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.

The Art of Harry Frier

  • 19 March — 22 October 2016 *on now


Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

The Last Royal Rebel

  • 8 June 2016 7:30-8:30pm


Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£10.00 Booking Advisable

Talk and Tea - Wellington and its Dukedom

  • 10 June 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Talk followed by tea and cake.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5.00 Booking Advisable

Hidden Taunton

  • 11 June — 28 September 2016

Every Wednesday at 14.00 and Saturday at 11.00

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£3.00 Booking Advisable


  • 18 June 2016 11am-4pm

Family Activities

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Wild Waterways of Taunton

  • 25 June 2016 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Discover and explore the history and wildlife of Taunton's waterways through art and hands on activities.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13


Free drop-in event.

The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green




01823 255088

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