The Museum of Somerset

The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AA
England

Website

www.somerset.gov.uk/museumofsomerset

E-mail

museumofsomerset@somerset.gov.uk

Telephone

01823 255088

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The Museum of Somerset, which is located in Taunton Castle, is free to enter and is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday and on Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Museum opened to the public on Thursday 29 September 2011, following a £6.93m redevelopment.

With many new galleries to explore, and extraordinary objects to discover, the Museum of Somerset is a must-see visitor attraction for people of all ages from across Somerset and beyond.

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.

There is also a cafe.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Gallery, Historic house or home

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

Free

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Somerset Remembers

  • 26 July 2014 — 3 January 2015

A six-month exhibition will be held at The Museum of Somerset in 2014. Built around the stories and experiences of Somerset people during the First World War, it will go beyond the military aspects of the conflict to explore the wider impact on the county.

Building on the newly-digitised collection of First World War photographs and records produced as part of the project, there will also be three touring exhibitions which will tour a variety of venues across Somerset and North Somerset. There will also be a temporary exhibition at Weston-super-Mare Museum.

Themes
Particular emphasis will be put on two themes: the ways in which the war changed people’s lives, and how Somerset people have remembered the war and those lost in it.

The exhibition will include a variety of storylines which will explore the way Somerset was affected by the First World War, including:

Joining up
Thousands of Somerset men joined all arms of the services during the war and over 8000 were killed. The exhibition will bring their stories to life.

Fighting the war
The exhibition will focus on the county’s regiments and their role in the conflict.

Somerset women
Somerset women made many important things during the war including soldiers’ puttees, shells and airplanes. The exhibition will reveal their role and responsibilities during the war.

Agriculture and food
The exhibition will look at how the war changed farming and the Somerset countryside.

Remembering
Many of the nation’s most famous war memorials were made in Somerset. The exhibition will explore how Somerset people have remembered the war and those lost in it.

Admission

Please note dates are approximate at this stage so please check dates, prices and booking details before visiting.

Website

http://somersetremembers.wordpress.com/projects/

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.
Museum of Somerset

First Ever Film Night

  • 15 May 2014

Our first ever film night.
£5 per person.
Details coming soon...

Admission

£5 per person.

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