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

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

Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition

  • 14 January — 11 March 2017

Selected from a worldwide open call, by a panel of industry professionals, the exhibition showcases a rich variety of photographic genres and styles, and gives a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of photographic work being created today.

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.

Reindeer Trail

  • 1 — 31 December 2016 *on now

A fun way to explore the Museum throughout December

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£1.00 per child

Meet Santa

  • 10 December 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 17 December 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 21 December 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 24 December 2016 10:30am-12pm

Meet Santa in the Museum's magical Alms House grotto

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£4.00 per child which includes a gift. Pre book only

A West Country Christmas

  • 10 December 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Voice of the People and Halsway Community Choirs directed by Yvette Staelens

Suitable for

  • Any age


£8.50 per person. Booking advised.

A Medieval Christmas

  • 20 December 2016 7:30-9:30pm

A concert featuring long-forgotten festive songs played on authentic instruments, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old.


Tickets £12.50 each. Pre Book only. From the Museum or at

Christmas Train

  • 29 — 30 December 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

Pop along to see the Museum's Christmas train layout made out of LEGO bricks. Play with our giant bricks and 'drive' the train.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Old and New! - Family Fun

  • 31 December 2016 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Compare ancient items with their modern comparisons. Great fun for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Terrible Tales and Ghostly Goings On!

  • 17 January 2017 7-8pm
  • 23 February 2017 7-8pm

A tour of the Museum in the dark, exploring some of the Castle's more gruesome history!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Must be booked in advance. £10 per ticket including a drink on arrival.

Funky Photo Family Fun!

  • 28 January 2017 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Use our costumes and props to create some funky photos! Be inspired by our photography exhibition, then take your own pictures - bring your phone or camera!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Talk and Tea

  • 10 February 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Somerset Folk Songs with Yvette Staelens followed by tea and cake


£5 per person, includes tea and cake. Booking advisable.

Castle Day

  • 12 February 2017 10am-5pm

Celebrate our amazing building, with re-enactors, crafts, activities and dressing up.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3.00 per person or £10.00 family ticket.

Victorian School in Castle House

  • 25 February 2017 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Take part in a lesson and learn more about a Victorian childhood.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green




01823 255088

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